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Magellan switches it up with GPS watches

Magellan marks its debut into the fitness arena at CES 2012 with the introduction of two GPS watches, the Switch and Switch Up.

Magellan Switch
Magellan Switch Magellan

Magellan isn't afraid to get a little sweaty, as the GPS manufacturer is getting into the fitness tech game.

Known for its in-car navigation systems, today Magellan introduced its first pair of GPS fitness watches for runners, cyclers, swimmers, and triathletes. The Switch and Switch Up will be on display at CES 2012, with expected availability for spring 2012.

The Switch is designed primarily for runners, according to Magellan, and offers a 1.26-inch monochrome display, a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, and embedded ANT+ technology, so you can connect to third-party heart-rate monitors, foot pods, bike sensors, and so forth.

For the multisport athlete, the Switch Up adds such features as a barometric altimeter to capture elevation data, a thermometer, and a quick-release mounting kit, so you can easily transition between sports. Both watches are water resistant up to 50 meters, and they have nine customizable screens, a calorie calculator, and a USB connector so you can download captured workout data.

The Magellan Switch has an MSRP of $249.99 or $299.99 with a heart-rate monitor; the Switch Up's retail price is $299.99. The latter includes the Multisport Mounting Kit, and for $50 more, Magellan will throw in a heart-rate monitor.