Garmin has recently introduced their upgraded version of Instinct esports software. It can transmit live heart rate, three existing metrics of the Body Battery, and stress level through Bluetooth Smart. The live feed will be conveyed to STR3AMUP! on PC which is a new Garmin software.
The cost of this latest Esports edition is the same as a non-Solar Instinct watch of $299. These seemingly complex yet easy Garmin Esports options will vary in price.
Basics of Garmin
The Instinct Esports edition is a prototype watch since it is non-solar and lacks battery life. It does not have music storage, PulseOx, and as well as heart rate sensor measuring when underwater. However, Instinct Esports edition is similar and an advanced version of the Garmin Instinct watch that has an additional sport profile.
Core strengths include:
a. 14-day battery life
b. 16-hour GPS-activated mode
c. Smart game controller command on the watch front
d. Built-in HR radar, altimeter, and barometer
e. 24×7 heart rate, steps tracker, stress, sleep
f. MIL-STD 810 stability specification
Garmin’s latest addition of heart rate broadcaster via Bluetooth, through an update to the actual Instinct, was an indicator of the live streaming, STR3AMUP! software.
Albeit the wordplay on ‘Stream Up’, which seems to confuse the target audience for this 9 smart-watch, you will be enticed to install the informative and accessible app. Once you install the app, it will be connected to Garmin Instinct Esports watch over Bluetooth.
Following that, it will activate Esports activity mode which happens to be a Virtual Run profile. All the additional metrics data like cycling, walking, or running will be broadcasted via Bluetooth.
After pairing with Bluetooth Smart, it will transit:
i. Heart rate
ii. Stress Level
iii. Battery Level
Heart rate is automatically linked to the HR sensor in the watch. Stress level and Body Battery are mathematically calculated by FirstBeat, a reliable partner of Garmin for years. Yet, Garmin is not able to monitor stress during fast-paced activities with the use of an HR sensor. Body Battery is a human charger. It is high when you rest or sleep and decreases with activity and stress.
The Garmin VIRB has been replaced by FAR, a dominant app that overlaps data on as many as 360 video files from sensors once Garmin introduced the camera.
The improved STR3AMUP! application can save customized styling and coloring.
The app pulls in a window via XSplit/Streamlabs/OBS through a window capture option. Garmin has stated that ST3AMUP! doesn’t operate on non-Esports varieties.
Though it functions on iOS and Android, Garmin intends to expand STR3AMUP! to a MAC version.
Verdict For Garmin Instincts
Garmin has shown flexibility by re-inventing the Garmin Fenix watch into Delta series for aviation and Tactix for military purposes, Quatix for boating, and so on. This re-purposing of hardware to target various audiences makes Garmin a trustworthy and ruling hardware producer.
Garmin Instinct watch is exceedingly popular among non-athletes and non-software buffs. Regular people looking for a reasonably priced smartwatch opt for Esports edition and pair it with STR3AMUP!.