FitBit Releases New Band That Tracks and Syncs Data Automatically
If you are one of the many tech savvy consumers who have been trying to improve your fitness regime then you’ve probably already heard of the FitBit. The original fitness-tracking dongle has gone toe-to-toe with other competitor products such as the Nike Fuelband and Jawbone’s Up thus far but the company seems to be moving towards a similarly designed product, the new FitBit Flex. The product provides similar functionality but contains a tracker which wraps around your arm instead.
The FitBit Flex is essentially a silicone strap that contains a chip with a row of LED light which pulse in the Standard KITT Rhythm. This allows the band to track almost exactly what the other FitBits track including things such as the number of steps you take, the amount of hours you sleep and the amount of calories you burn. It also adds in a new concept called Active Minutes while dropping support for counting the amount of stairs you climb. Active Minutes seem to be made up of a similar kind of made-up metric that helps gauge your activity.
Much like the new mini FitBit, the Flex has low-power Bluetooth 4 for syncing direct with your late-model iPhone or iPad and in the near future, Android handsets as well. Those of you who are interested in the band can pre-order it now for a price tag of $99.