Fitbit Trackers Are 'Extremely Inaccurate,' Research Finds
A category motion lawsuit towards Fitbit might have grown tooth following the discharge of a brand new research that claims the corporate’s well-liked coronary heart fee trackers are "extremely inaccurate."
Researchers on the California State Polytechnic College, Pomona examined the guts charges of forty three wholesome adults with Fitbit’s PurePulse coronary heart price screens, utilizing the corporate’s Surge watches and Cost HR bands on every wrist.
Topics have been then hooked as much as a BioHarness gadget that produced an electrocardiogram (ECG), to report the guts’s rhythm towards the info being produced by Fitbit’s units.
Comparative outcomes from relaxation and train — together with bounce rope, treadmills, outside jogging and stair climbing — confirmed that the Fitbit units miscalculated coronary heart charges by as much as 20 beats per minute on common throughout extra intensive exercises.
"The PurePulse Trackers don’t precisely measure a consumer’s coronary heart price, notably throughout average to excessive depth train, and can’t be used to offer a significant estimate of a consumer’s coronary heart fee," the research said.
The research was commissioned by the Lieff Cabraser, the regulation agency behind the category motion go well with that’s taking goal at three Fitbit fashions that use the PurePulse coronary heart monitor, together with the Fitbit Blaze, Fitbit Cost HR and Fitbit Surge.
Fitbit didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark, however a Fitbit assertion posted by Gizmodo took goal on the research’s outcomes.
"What the plaintiffs’ attorneys name a ‘research’ is biased, baseless, and nothing greater than an try and extract a payout from Fitbit. It lacks scientific rigor and is the product of flawed methodology," the assertion learn.
"It was paid for by plaintiffs’ legal professionals who’re suing Fitbit, and was carried out with a shopper-grade electrocardiogram — not a real medical system, as implied by the plaintiffs’ legal professionals. Moreover, there isn’t a proof the gadget used within the purported ‘research’ was examined for accuracy."
"Fitbit’s analysis group rigorously researched and developed PurePulse know-how for 3 years previous to introducing it to market and continues to conduct in depth inner research to check the options of our merchandise," the assertion concluded.
Nevertheless, a separate research by Ball State College in Indiana and journalists at NBC-affiliated TV station WTHR launched in February additionally confirmed that the Fitbit Cost HR missed heartbeats, marking a mean coronary heart fee error of 14 %.
"Calculating a coronary heart fee that is off by 20 or 30 beats per minute might be harmful — particularly for individuals at excessive danger of coronary heart illness," the report stated.
Fitbit did ship a written reply to WTHR, saying that its units "are designed to offer significant knowledge to our customers to assist them attain their well being and health objectives, and are usually not meant to be scientific or medical units."