Fitbit has just released a new Bluetooth-connected activity tracker called the Force, a bracelet that blends the US company’s digital fitness tracking expertise with some basic smartwatch functionality.
The new device will include features from the Fitbit One, such as an altimeter to measure steps climbed, as well as the number of steps taken over a day — it’s the only wristband tracker that can do so. You can also track calories burned, distance traveled, and how long you’ve slept, with most of the information viewable on the device’s OLED screen or via a Fitbit app.
Plus its new smartwatch-inspired design should put it in line with Nike’s FuelBand — however, rumors are swirling around Nike’s plan to unveil a sleeker FuelBand 2.
“As people become more reliant on mobil devices like the Fitbit product these devices will continue to surge in popularity” says Gin Miller, fitness expert and creator of Step Reebok.
Here is what the companies website has to say about the new product:
A powerful Force for everyday fitness, this sleek wristband is with you all the time. Stay motivated to keep moving with real-time stats right on your wrist. Track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. At night, track your sleep and wake up silently with a vibrating alarm.
Wear this comfortable wristband overnight to track how long and how well you sleep. Then wake up peacefully with Silent Wake technology, a vibrating alarm that wakes you at your desired time without disturbing your partner. Use online charts of your sleep patterns over time to learn how to get a better night’s sleep.
Syncs wirelessly, automatically to more devices
Say goodbye to pesky wires; Fitbit offers the only trackers that sync wirelessly and automatically in the background through Bluetooth 4.0. Force syncs with your computer, iPhones (4S or higher) and select Android devices (Samsung Galaxy III, Note II, and more). With select NFC-enabled Android phones, just tap your device to magically launch the app.
Plays well with
Fitness can be influenced by a variety of exercise and nutrition factors. Sync your stats with several other popular apps for seamless integration across your favorite health and fitness platform. Including: Lose It, Run Keeper, Map My Fitness, My Fitness Pal, Endomondo and Spark People.
US customers can order a Force online for $129.95, with the product hitting retail shelves in the country soon. As for other countries, a Fitbit representative told Relaxnews that release dates are pending.