Garmin Forerunner 50 Slim Sports Watch Records Mileage and Speed

Garmin just announced its Forerunner 50, slimming down its form factor to more like a watch, but losing GPS in the process. All is not lost, though, because there's a motion-activated foot pod sensor that records your mileage and speed. Let's hope it's more accurate than Apple's badly flawed Nike+ iPod system, which can't tell the difference between two miles and four.

Garmin Forerunner 50 Slim Sports Watch Records Mileage and Speed

Garmin Forerunner 50 Slim Sports Watch Records Mileage and Speed

Garmin Forerunner 50 Slim Sports Watch Records Mileage and Speed

Garmin Forerunner 50 Slim Sports Watch Records Mileage and Speed

Garmin Forerunner 50 Slim Sports Watch Records Mileage and Speed

There's also a heart rate monitor that looks exactly the same as the one included with Garmin's superb Forerunner 305 GPS-based sports watch. The Forerunner 50's heart rate, mileage and speed data can be uploaded to your PC via the Garmin USB ANT Stick, using a low-power wireless protocol called ANT+Sport, the same used in the Nike+ iPod.

The coolness continues when that data is sent up to Garmin's online training site, letting you keep track of each workout and share with your friends and competitors. Sounds a whole lot like Nike's idea, but let's just hope it works a little better.

The entire package with the watch, USB receiver, foot pod and heart rate monitor will be available in October for $199. But for now, we'll stick with our Forerunner 305, which you can find on sale for not much more than that. [Garmin]