Fitbit declares three new exercise trackers, together with a GPS watch

Fitbit announces three new activity trackers, including a GPS watch

The final yr has been a bit tough for Fitbit. The most important thorn in its aspect has clearly been the allergic reactions to, and the subsequent recall of, its Pressure health tracker. Regardless of having spent the higher a part of 2014 with out its flagship mannequin on retailer cabinets, the corporate nonetheless holds a lead over its rivals in market share. And now it is hoping to increase that lead with an all-out assault on the exercise monitoring market. As we speak the corporate is saying not one, however three new units which might be set to be launched over the subsequent a number of months.

The Cost is the alternative for the Pressure. All the similar options are on-board, together with caller-ID features. Plus Fitbit has lastly unlocked the key to automated sleep monitoring. Meaning the times of remembering to inform your Fitbit when it is bedtime are over. The design has modified barely since final yr, and it is now manufactured from a softer rubber with a barely textured floor. However for probably the most half, the Cost is a direct clone of the Pressure. It is roughly the identical measurement, has the identical primary function set and even the identical battery life (seven days). The Cost HR provides just one function, however it’s an necessary one — a coronary heart price monitor. The wrist-worn LED pulse tracker won’t be fairly as correct as a chest strap, however it’s definitely extra snug and extra handy. Although the guts fee monitor does minimize the anticipated battery lifetime of the Cost HR to solely 5 days. This ought to be an enormous boon to these with barely extra lively life that need a greater concept of what number of energy they’re burning and need to monitor coronary heart price objectives throughout exercises.

The large boy although, is the Surge. Surge marks Fitbit’s first foray into the intense health buff market. Along with all the standard step-counting options, Surge packs a GPS module for monitoring runs and a coronary heart fee monitor. That provides it a leg up on many different runner’s watches on the market that require a separate coronary heart fee system. Like its smaller siblings, the Surge does have caller ID, plus it may well management your music and it has a touchscreen. Regardless of all this, Fitbit continues to be claiming it is going to final a full week on a cost — with the GPS off a minimum of. The corporate would not decide to a precise battery score with the GPS on, however anticipate it to be nearer to eight hours. Fortunately, most of us do not run tremendous marathons each day, in order that should not be a serious difficulty.

The Cost is out there now for $one hundred thirty, however you will have to attend till early 2015 to get your palms on the Cost HR or Surge, which can value $one hundred fifty and $250, respectively.

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