Garmin introduces the quatix, the world’s first navigating marine GPS watch designed for avid mariners, both power and sail. The lightweight watch packs Garmin’s GPS technology and provides comprehensive navigation and sailing capabilities and marine features. It has a large 1.2-inch monochrome LCD and polyurethane wristband for maximum flexibility and durability.
The quatix is equipped with Garmin’s high-sensitivity GPS sensor, allowing users to load it with routers, mark waypoint, and navigate to destination. It delivers mariners multiple sets of marine datum such as tidal information, COG (course over ground), SOG (speed over ground), and VMG (velocity made good), along with alerts for speed and anchor drag. The watch also sports altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass to provide real-time information of the environment, predict weather change and offer the user’s bearing.
Garmin’s marine watch also includes specialized sailing tools. The Virtual Starting Line allows you to set up a virtual starting line between two marked GPS waypoints while the Start Countdown Timer can calculate both distance to the line and desired speed and burn time available, so vessel can cross the line at maximum speed at the exact start time. The watch will switch to Tack-Assist mode once the race began, and indicates whether the vessel is getting headed or lifted. Its built-in remote capabilities allows you to control a Garmin autopilot.
You can pair the quatix with Garmin GNT 10 NMEA Transceiver to wirelessly stream and view NEMA 2002 data, such as wind speed and direction, water depth. Garmin is going to release the quatix in Q1 2013.