New Watchface Released: Lucky Time

Just in time for St. Patricks day, add some green and luck to your day!

Supports:

  • 12hr time
  • 24hr time
  • Military Time
  • Displays:
  • Current Battery
  • Phone Connection
  • Steps
  • Floors (CIQ 2.4+ Watches Only {F5, VAHR, VA3 FR645, FR935, Marq})
  • Muliti-Color Foreground(Font): Black, Gray, White, Dark Red, Red, Pink Purple, Blue, Dark Blue, Cyan, Yellow, Green, Dark Green and Orange.
  • Muilt-Color BackGround: Black, Gray, White, Dark Red, Red, Pink Purple, Blue, Dark Blue, Cyan, Yellow Green, Dark Green and Orange.

Thanks,

-Brian B.

#HappyYouYear

Tips for better optical heart accuracy

Yes, the Garmin’s first, second and third generation optical heart sensor hardware produces results with lower values than the Chest HRM.

Why is Optical Heart Rate generally lower:

1.) Wrist movement

2.) loose watch fit

3.) poor sensor contact

4.) hair, sweat or dirt will affect the values too

5.) Garmin Software filtering

Why are the high heart rate (Peaks) and low heart rate (valleys) missing:

Garmin Software imposes additional filters (Fast Fourier Transforms, FFT) in Activity types Strength Training, Tennis, Soccer and flexibility, due to high wrist movement in these activities. These FFT filters (advanced math) reduce the recorded peaks and valleys of a heart rate and calories calculations. Calories are based on heart rate, age, weight, gender and time.

There are a few solutions to improve the optical heart rate values:

1.) Wear the watch tighter. Poor sensor contact will result in lower HR values.

2.) Reduce wrist hair under sensor.

3.) Reduce wrist movement when possible, high movement reduces sensor contact.

4.) Chest HRM Gives best results.

Garmin Video explaining the difference between Optical and Chest Heart Rate monitors.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LgQFD6GqlBs

Sports+ update

Sports+ updated to version 2.26

  • Attempt to correct low optical hr. Using both Sensor.hr and Info.hr class values for heart rate and displaying the highest value. There are no other solutions, other than using a Chest HRM.
  • Adds watch menu for CIQ 2+ devices to Lock Screen and Invert Color.
  • Corrects zero distance in newer models Venu, VA4s, VA4 and Fenix 6 models .
  • Add Time of Day data field CIQ2+
  • SDK 3.1.7.Jan29

SwimSports+ Update

Version 1.1.0 includes:

  • Correction to Danish
  • Renames AutoLap by Lap to AutoLap by Length.
  • Correction to AutoLap by Length detection
  • Adds AutoLap by Set mode
  • Adds advanced menus at watch screen controls (Lap mode, screen lock, color theme, Pace/Speed select, auto scroll)
  • Adds touchscreen lock
  • adds new devices
  • Corrections when rest screen is activated
  • Adds lap points on map
  • Using CIQ SDK 3.1.7.Jan29.
  • Autolap By Set Detect: Detects short pause in arm movement at pool length for distance calculation. Approximately short 0.5 seconds – 1.0 second watch pause is needed to detect length distance. To complete Set, long watch pause (~4sec), Swim+ app will lap and start Rest Mode.
  • Autolap By Pool Length Detect: Detects short pause in arm movement. Approximately short 0.5 seconds – 1.0 second watch pause is needed to detect length completion and Lap.