• chevron_right

    Fitbit announces Charge 5, teases future Google collaboration / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 25 August - 13:00

Fitbit announces Charge 5, teases future Google collaboration

Enlarge (credit: Fitbit)

The Fitbit Charge fitness tracker is the company’s best-selling product line, and the latest model, the Charge 5, was just announced. Up for preorder now , the Charge 5 adds ECG (electrocardiogram), EDA (electrodermal activity) stress sensors, an AMOLED display, and a stainless steel facelift for $50 more than its predecessor, the Charge 4 .

Fitbit says it will continue to sell the $130 Charge 4 until the end of the year, which positions it between the $100 Fitbit Inspire 2 and the new $180 Fitbit Charge 5. Inching ever closer to smartwatch territory, the new Charge will have most of the capabilities found on Fitbit’s current Versa and Sense smartwatches.

In a closed briefing, Fitbit also disclosed its intention to make smartwatches with Google’s Wear OS built-in. Perhaps this will be the primary distinction between the company’s increasingly capable Charge series and its smartwatch line going forward.

Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments

  • chevron_right

    Fitbit’s Luxe activity tracker is a stylish way to casually care about fitness / ArsTechnica · Monday, 16 August - 11:30

Fitbit Luxe on a users wrist

Enlarge (credit: Corey Gaskin)

In the game of fitness wearables, it’s hard to give everyone what they want. That’s why Garmin offers a seemingly endless array of watches , Apple currently sells no less than three Apple Watches , and Fitbit has an array of wearables from kid-centric trackers to a smartwatch the company hopes can one day detect early symptoms of COVID-19.

The Fitbit Luxe, which retails for $150 , is the latter's latest style-focused fitness tracker. It attempts to provide some smartwatch luxuries in a device that looks like a piece of jewelry. The Luxe is a cute tracker, but it has some questionable choices and oversights to be aware of—most of which are endemic to Fitbit devices.

If you’re looking for an ultracasual fitness tracker and a stylish smart device for your wrist, the Fitbit Luxe could be one of your best options. If you’re looking to get active and stay active, though, you may want to look elsewhere.

Read 45 remaining paragraphs | Comments

  • chevron_right

    Newer study of 875 Fitbit-wearers shows Fitbits detect lasting changes after COVID-19

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 9 July - 19:12

One in five Americans uses a Fitbit, Apple Watch or other wearable fitness tracker. And over the past year, several studies have suggested that the devices — which can continually collect data on heart rates, body temperature, physical activity and more — could help detect early signs of COVID-19 symptoms.

Now research suggests that these wearables can also help track patients’ recovery from the disease, providing insight into its long-term effects.

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers studying Fitbit data reported that people who tested positive for COVID-19 displayed behavioral and physiological changes, including an elevated heart rate, that could last for weeks or months. These symptoms lasted longer in people with COVID than in those with other respiratory illnesses, the scientists found.

“We want to kind of do a better job of collecting long-term symptoms so we can compare the physiological changes that we’re seeing with symptoms that participants are actually experiencing,” Radin said. “So this is really a preliminary study that opens up many other studies down the road.”


#health #wearables #illness #fitbit #covid #technology

  • chevron_right

    A range of good Garmin smartwatches and Fitbits on sale for Prime Day / ArsTechnica · Monday, 21 June - 17:40

he Garmin vivomove luxe on a user

Enlarge / Garmin's Vivomove series. (credit: Corey Gaskin / Ars Technica)

As we continue digging, we found some Ars-recommended fitness trackers among Prime Day's many deals . In particular, a slew of our favorite smartwatches from Garmin and Fitbit are on sale.

All these deals are today only, so if you're a Prime member looking for a fitness tracker or running watch, this is your moment. There are also discounts on the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 6 if pure smartwatch capability is more important to you than fitness tracking.

Our experience with Garmin watches

Garmin’s watches took a few top spots in our recent smartwatch buying guide . We picked the Forerunner 45 as our favorite runner’s watch while the Vivo series took top honors as the most stylish. Both devices are seeing record discounts for Prime Day. We especially like some older models of the Vivomove. Today's discounts bring the newer versions, the Vivoactive 4 and 4s, down to about the same price.

Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments