Traditionally, wearables were designed to accompany a fitness enthusiast during their heart-pumping excursions. Whether it’s hiking, running, swimming, or throwing it down at the gym, the smart wearable device is right there to measure every possible biometric, down to the number of calories burnt.

Not only are we seeing a shift in the function of wearables (especially with the Apple Watch being able to detect falls and send out an SOS), but we’re also getting something completely new: The Garmin Instinct Esports Edition, the brand’s latest wearable that’s designed for esports gamers. It’s not that surprising, especially when you realise that esports will be an actual Olympic sport come 2024.

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The Garmin Instinct Esports Edition.

Joining the Garmin Instinct series, the Garmin Instinct Esports Edition has a specially-designed Esports tracking feature for professional and casual gamers. This tracking feature has a special function to monitor and analyse heart rate and stress during play. Of course, this is made possible with Garmin’s health and fitness technology that’s always been part of its line of wearables. The smartwatch also comes with a “STR3AMUP! PC” streaming tool, which allows its users to include their biometric data to the audience as they’re live-streaming their gameplay. Now that’s a whole new way to create content.

When in esports mode, you can select the esports activity of choice on your Garmin instinct. It then uses its heart rate technology to analyse and display the user’s heart rate and stress level in real-time. It’s a nifty feature for gamers to manage their physical and mental resources with this data. Other features within the esports mode include Advanced Sleep Monitoring, Body Battery Energy Monitor, and more.

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A closer look at the watch.

“Elite athletes around the world rely on Garmin products to monitor and improve their performance. With the Instinct Esports Edition, esports athletes can tap into that same technology to track and examine how their body responds to intense competition,” said Garmin Asia director Scoppen Lin. “Players can also use Instinct’s data to make adjustments in their daily lives, whether it be altering sleep patterns or activity levels, which can result in increased cognitive and physical performance during play.”

Esports features aside, you can still use the Garmin Instinct like a regular smartwatch and pair it with your smartphone to receive notifications and alerts. The smartwatch has a decidedly more rugged look compared to the other wearables from the brand, adopting bold red and black colours and a chunkier silhouette with a high-contrast screen. Its battery life is also a force to be reckoned with, boasting up to 80 hours of battery life when in esports mode, and up to 14 days in regular smartwatch mode. More details here.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

(All images: Garmin)

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