Fitbit unveils Fitbit Surge “Fitness Super Watch”

Fitbit SurgeFitbit today unveiled three new wearables, including its first smartwatch, the Fitbit Surge. While it offers the usual capabilities we now expect in such a device, it is billed as a “Fitness Super Watch” and is clearly geared at the fitness market first.

The Fitbit Surge comes with eight sensors including GPS, a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope, a digital compass, an optical heart rate monitor, an altimeter and an ambient light sensor. It can track and measure a range of data including:

  • Steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and floors climbed
  • Continuous 24/7 heart rate monitoring
  • Automatic sleep detection monitors sleep quality using motion analysis
  • Exercise tracking to record workouts including multi-sport activities like running, cross-training and strength workouts
  • Stats like pace, distance, elevation, split times, route history and workout summaries for smarter training

Unlike most smartwatches on the market, the Fitbit Surge promises up to 7 days of battery life.

The Fitbit Surge is compatible with more 120 different smartphones powered by Android, iOS and Windows Phone via Bluetooth 4.0. It can display a range of information such as Caller ID and text alerts and also offers mobile music control.

The Fitbit Dashboard allows you to see a consolidated view of everything tracked by the Surge.  It also lets you track progress against goals, see trends and see a monthly exercise calendar among other things.

The Fitbit Surge will launch in “early 2015” for US$249.95. It will initially launch in black but blue and tangerine options will follow sometime later.

Source : Fitbit