Garmin today announced the acquisition of Finland based FirstBeat Analytics. Firstbeat Analytics is a provider of physiological analytics and metrics for consumer devices in the health, wellness, fitness, and performance markets.
Garmin fans should celebrate this news! The new capabilities from FirstBeat Analytics are going to sweeten up the analytics features for all of Garmin’s wearables.
Users can expect many new metrics and associated reports within their Garmin Connect ecosystem.
- Garmin hopes to help keep better track of your sleeping habits
- Garmin sees double digit growth in both its Fitness and Outdoor segments
- Global Shipments of wearable devices continue growing at record rates in 2020
- Apple and German Heart Foundation team up around using Apple Watch for dilated cardiomyopathy
What FirstBeat Analytics brings to the table for your Garmin wearable
Used Body Battery metric on your Garmin Connect? You can thank the FirstBeat Analytics team for that intuitive feature.
Heart-related monitoring is one of the key areas where leading wearable providers like Apple are vested.
Garmin could in potential make its offerings more appealing, particularly in the area of heartbeat data with the acquisition of FirstBeat Analytics.
The importance of heartbeat data
Firstbeat Analytics has been transforming heartbeat data from consumer devices into meaningful information and advice to enhance performance and wellbeing for nearly two decades.
Using a combination of sensor data, including heart rate variability (HRV), Firstbeat Analytics blends physiological science with mathematics. This combination provides the most advanced analytics and metrics in the areas of stress, sleep, VO2 max, training status/load, training effect, respiration rate, calories burned, and much more.
According to Cliff Pemble, Garmin president, and CEO:
“Having utilized Firstbeat’s innovative analytics across our product lines for more than a decade, we are excited to have the Firstbeat Analytics associates join the Garmin team, establishing us at the forefront of physiological analytics,”
“Together with their team of physiologists, scientists, and engineers, we look forward to providing Garmin customers with unmatched technology for greater performance, recovery, and overall health.”
“Millions of Garmin customers depend on Firstbeat Analytics data from their smartwatch or cycling computer every day,” said Aki Pulkkinen, co-founder of Firstbeat.
“We have enjoyed a strong collaboration with Garmin over the years. And we look forward to continuing to work together to bring the most advanced and accurate health and performance data to our customers.”
FirstBeat Analytics has been a pioneer in sensor and analytics work with some leading sports athletes in Europe
Firstbeat sports scientist Christoph Rottensteiner implemented the Firstbeat Sports system with Schalke last year for the German Soccer league Bundesliga.
SL Benefica, leading the soccer club of Portugal uses FirstBeats advance performance analytics.
With this acquisition, Garmin could position itself as a serious contender to Whoop. In particular, Garmin could compete for elite training, athlete monitoring, and recovery related areas.
It will be interesting to see how Garmin positions this new capability across its product lines.
Does it create a new division to go after performance sports and compete for head-on with Whoop? Or does it assimilate FirstBeat analytics into all its wearable platforms and attract new customers. Only time will tell.
2020 is definitely turning out to be an exciting year for Wearables!