Fitbit 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