Fitbit intros Force Fitness Band with Altimeter

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Fitbit is expanding its wristband fitness tracker lineup with the new Fitbit Force. The Force tracks your activities much like the Fitbit Flex, including steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep patterns. Like the Fitbit One, it includes an altimeter for more accurate tracking the number of floors climbed, and uses Bluetooth 4.0 to wirelessly sync to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It also sports an OLED display for showing more details about your daily activities. The Fitbit Force is prices at US$129.95 and will be available in the next couple weeks.


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So, the difference from the Flex is that it adds back in the altimeter that the older clip-on model had?

I see on their website that the small screen can be used as a watch. If i’m ever going to wear something like this that is essential, because I might replace my watch with something but never wear both a watch and a wrist band.

I’m still curious how it tracks sleep. It seems like it only uses an accelerometer to see if your moving, rather than blood pressure or any electrodes to watch your REM sleep patters and such.

Still, I’m not convinced that I want a health monitor on me at all times, because it would make me feel like I’m in a hospital or am sick and undergoing a medical study.

Lastly, I still want to know what Apple might put out before I decide to switch from my $40 digital watch.

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