VitualPunch is a watch app for Garmin watches for orienteering training without flags/markers in the forest. This type of concept may also be used for competitions in the future, but then with limitations to what you can see in the app (e.g. hide distance to control). See the list of watches which may be supported in the future below. The watch app has the following functionality:
Load an orienteering course into your compatible Garmin watch using your mobile phone. The course GPS-coordinates can be exported from OCAD, PurplePen or 2DRerun
For each control, the watch vibrates when you are very close to the control. For now the radius is set to 10 meters, but later on it will be possible to change this in the settings.
In the current version of the watch app you will always see the distance (in meters) to the next control. This is, however, shown with a small font to not encourage using it for your orienteering. In the future there will be a setting where you can hide this.
You may skip one/several controls, e.g. in case there was trouble with the GPS-coordinates for a control, if you didn't find the control or if you want to shorten the training.
VirtualPunch is under development, and is currently undergoing limited beta-testing. It should be feasible to make the App combatible with the following watches which all support connectIQ:
fenix 3 HR
It should also be possible to support newer watches that support connectIQ.