Developer Blog

Sleep, All-day Heart Rate and Body Metrics Data

07/01/16 @ 04:28 PM

You have long requested access to the advanced data collected by some of the newest devices from Garmin — and we listened. Sleep intensity levels (awake, light and deep states) and automatically derived sleep windows enhance the data already available in the Wellness API. All-day heart rate provides information from devices that feature wrist-based heart rate and includes intensity minutes and floors climbed. Body metrics (weight, BMI, body fat/water percentage, bone mass and skeletal muscle mass) collected from the Garmin Index™ smart scale are also available from the Wellness API.


Garmin’s Corporate Wellness Solution

06/10/16 @ 04:29 PM

Healthcare cost pressures and engagement continue to fuel the growth of corporate wellness programs. More and more, companies are offering their employees cash incentives and, in some cases, a vívo family device combined with access to an engagement platform such as Shape Up to validate their activity and earn rewards. The ultimate goal is to help employees develop lifelong habits for healthy living.  The Garmin “one size doesn’t fit all” approach aligns well with many organizations that are looking to provide their employees a personalized solution.

The Garmin Health API provides all day monitoring data such as step count, calorie count, distance, sleep and much more.  To learn more about about incorporating this data into your corporate wellness program, please contact us at developer.program@garmin.com.


Wellness API - Update to REST

06/03/16 @ 12:58 PM

Garmin is happy to announce our new Wellness REST API. We’ve been hard at work making our API easier to use, and we’re excited to share the details with you! 

The new REST API is not only easier to implement and maintain — we’ve also listened to your feedback and have incorporated many new improvements including simplified OAuth processes, data acknowledgement and ping notifications. 

To learn more about this new API, or inquire as to program entrance, please contact us at developer.program@garmin.com.  We look forward to seeing your creative applications as you continue to Build Something with Us!


Garmin Corporate Wellness

02/19/16 @ 02:16 PM

Garmin has a unique role in the Corporate Wellness industry.

“The Garmin Health segment is on a mission to improve people’s health by providing world-class devices and a connected ecosystem,” says Allison Swelin, manager, Garmin Health sales and marketing. “Garmin vívofit® touts a year-long battery life and 5 ATM water resistance, which has been a game changer for increasing program adherence and driving long-term behavior change, when combined with one of our partner platforms. We’ve partnered with industry leaders like Shape Up, Cerner, KUMC, Blue Cross, Medidata and others to support a variety of use cases where vívo family devices can be used as a tool to support behavior change.”

Healthcare cost pressures and engagement continue to fuel the growth of corporate wellness programs. More and more, companies are offering their employees cash incentives and, in some cases, a vívo family device combined with access to an engagement platform such as Shape Up to validate their activity and earn rewards. The ultimate goal is to help employees develop lifelong habits for healthy living.  The Garmin “one size doesn’t fit all” approach aligns well with many organizations that are looking to provide their employees a personalized solution.


Wellness API - New Device Support

02/07/16 @ 10:12 AM

We are pleased to announce the Wellness API has added the following to its ever growing list of supported devices:

- vivosmart HR
- forerunner 25
- forerunner 225
- forerunner 230
- forerunner 235
- forerunner 630

We will continue to add devices as they are released so stay tuned!


Garmin Integration Partner

02/24/15 @ 10:45 AM

Want to use our fitness and wellness devices — and user data — in your wellness program, but don’t have the resources to do the integration yourself? No problem. We partner with Validic to quickly and easily integrate our devices into wellness programs. More than 40 of our partners have had success with Validic’s industry leading digital health platform.

Validic’s sole focus is to help organizations manage a world of mobile health data with one easy connection. In fact, Validic was recognized by Frost and Sullivan as delivering best value in healthcare information interoperability. By delivering standardized, complete, secure, and actionable data, Validic helps its clients provide better insights into treatment plans and programs, monitor engagement behavior, incentivize improved outcomes, and better financial management of populations. Validic enables clients to focus on achieving their digital health strategic initiatives, not on doing integrations. For more information on Validic, please visit validic.com or contact our developer team at developer.program@garmin.com.


One Size Does Not Fit All

01/30/15 @ 10:31 AM

The vívo family of products continue to be extremely well received, creating strong demand for our Wellness API. We are now working with more than 100 partners in varying markets from corporate, healthcare, and — believe it or not — the trucking industry!

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Welcome to the developer blog!

01/05/15 @ 07:01 AM

We’re excited to announce that our developer blog is now up and running. Right here is where you’ll find insights into the products and technology behind each of our developer programs:

  • Connect IQ SDK — Develop watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps for our wearable devices.
  • Garmin Connect API — Access robust data for timed activities that are generated from Garmin devices for your website or application.
  • Wellness Program — Develop custom applications for health and fitness data generated through Garmin devices with our Health API.
  • Fleet Management — Manage your fleet with our fleet management interface, protocols, and APIs built into select devices.
  • Custom Maps — Design and build custom maps that can be easily loaded on our devices.
  • Custom POIs & Voices — Build secure POIs, travel guides and voices for a variety of our devices.
  • Open Source — See the archives for our Open Source software-based products.
  • VIRB Program — Control, configure and stream VIRB action cameras using the VIRB Network Services API.
  • ANT Wireless Networks — Wireless connections for sensors and devices for sports, fitness and more.

To keep tabs on the latest news and hints that will help turn you into a productive Garmin developer, subscribe to the blog via RSS today. And if you have any questions, you can always check out our forum or Stack Overflow, or you can contact us directly. It’s a great time get started as a Garmin developer!