About VirtualPunch

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.

Compatible watches

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:

  • Forerunner 230
  • Forerunner 235
  • Forerunner 630
  • Forerunner 735XT
  • Forerunner 920XT
  • Forerunner 935
  • fenix 3
  • fenix 3 HR
  • fenix 5
  • fenix 5S
  • fenix 5X
  • fenix Chronos
  • vivoactive
  • vivoactive HR
  • D2 Bravo
  • epix
It should also be possible to support newer watches that support connectIQ.