Fitness enthusiasts looking for new gadgets to track and monitor their health during workouts should check out the two brand new gadgets that Fitbit just announced — the Charge 2 and Flex 2. The devices are available for preorder right away, but they’ll ship later in September and October, respectively.
Fitbit is currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over the accuracy of its heart-rate tracking. As part of their case, the plaintiffs commissioned a scientific study of the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge. Wareable spoke to the scientist who was paid to do the testing, and unsurprisingly, he has bad things to say about Fitbit’s devices.
Dr. Edward Jo, an assistant professor of Applied Physiology at California State Polytechnic University, was paid to conduct a “validation study,” seeking to prove that Fitbits mis-report heart-rate data when users are working out.
Fitbits are popular devices among people who like to track their steps and exercise. But new research reveals that a Fitbit device is unprotected against simple malware attacks. More importantly, the malicious code that can be sent to a Fitbit device without the user’s knowledge can then infect a computer used to sync data collected by the wearable. More →
The smartwatch market might not be taking off just yet, but wearables in general are very big right now. You can see people wearing activity trackers just about everywhere you go. In fact, a simple activity tracker helped our own editor Zach Epstein lost 50 lbs in just three months!
If you haven’t picked up an activity tracker yet, you’re in luck. Amazon is currently hosting a big sale on 58 different fitness bands, offering savings of up to 60% on some of the most popular bands in the world. More →
Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals Christmas sales promotion continues on Tuesday with a special Fitbit bundle that fitness buffs will certainly appreciate. After discounting a variety of devices in the past days, most of them related to Microsoft’s core products, including Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One, the company has chosen for a popular fitness tracker to include in its holiday promotion on December 16th. More →
Leading up the launch of the Apple Watch next year, Apple will stop selling Fitbit devices at its retail stores, Re/code has learned. The sources were not clear about why Apple will be cutting off its partnership with Fitbit, but Re/code notes that this news comes just one week after Fitbit confirmed it has no plans to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit software any time soon. More →
A recent internal Netflix 24-hour Hack Day had employees come up with new creative ways of improving the company’s product, TechCrunch reveals, with one interesting hack connecting a wearable device – the Fitbit band in this case – to Netflix in order to automatically stop video playback when the user falls asleep. By picking up and analyzing movements, the software can tell when the user is falling asleep and stop the show he or she is watching. When the viewer returns to Netflix, he or she can resume the show from the moment the user fell asleep. More →