Garmin announced a new high precision pedal based power meter, called the Vector, designed for cyclists. Designed for quick installation, portability, and ease-of-use, the Vector is the lightest weight direct measurement power meter on the market.
“Vector works by measuring the normal deflection in the pedal spindle as you pedal, throughout your entire pedal stroke. By comparing the measured deflection to a factory-calibrated deflection caused by a known load, Vector can determine how much force you’re applying to the pedal. With force measurements, the cadence measurements from Vector’s integrated accelerometers, and time, Vector accurately calculates watts.”
The Garmin Vector can be used with Garmin Edge 800 or Edge 500 cycling computer. Users can use Garmin Connect for post-ride analysis, mapping, course and workout creating and detailed power metrics. It will be available in March 2012 for $1499.99.