Yesterday Fitbit announced their new lineup up of fitness/activity trackers for the 2014/2015 calendar year. These three new devices, the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, and Fitbit Surge, are the culmination of the last year or more of development by the Fitbit team. Here is a quick preview and some of my thoughts on these devices.
Move over Lindsay Lohan, because the rest of us are anxious to show off our ankles too. No, we’re not all destined for house-arrest. It will be in the name of health that will drive us all to bare our talus-bone and flaunt our new fitness wearables. Many companies are getting ready to hit the market this year or next, with products that will target anywhere from your shin to your shoe. But are consumers ready to swap out their wrist wearables?
One thing is certain for 2014– activity monitor/tracking devices are huge! Everyone and their cousin is releasing a new wearable piece of technology, even old players like Garmin. Though Garmin is no newbie to the fitness segment, the release of their new Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band is their first contender in the quickly crowding activity tracking sub-segment. As they stray from their GPS sport/watch devices into this new spectrum they come into competition with the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Force, two of the industry leaders … so let’s see how they stack up against the best!
Last installment I wrote an article that compared data collected by heart rate monitors to activity tracking devices. This time on the soap box I shift gears slightly, and take a look at how all of these various devices that I’ve been adding to my workout can help monitor and improve my health. Let’s try to make sense of all these sensors!
Do you trust the data you get from your activity tracker? Are the steps accurate? What about the calories burned? How does having this data affect your life? If you have any of these questions then you are not alone. Come along with me on a quest to learn more about activity tracking devices to better determine if we can trust the information they provide.