Fitbit Force Activity Tracking Wristband Launches with Built-In Altimeter, Phone Notifications for iOS 7

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    Fitbit today has launched its newest wearable activity tracking device, the Fitbit Force, reports AllThingsD. The Bluetooth 4.0 wristband includes all the features of the popular Fitbit Flex activity wristband that was launched in May of last year, and adds new features such as a built-in altimeter that measures workout data such as stairs climbed, a bigger OLED screen, watch capabilities, and an "Active Minutes" feature that tracks the varying levels of exercise.
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    The device will gain additional features particular to iPhone users running iOS 7, including the ability to receive call notifications on the wristband. Reports AllThingsD:
    The release of the Fitbit Force comes as Nike is expected to release a follow-up to its Fuelband activity tracker, along with speculation that Apple will release an iWatch wearable device in the relatively near future, a device which may also contain fitness tracking features.

    The Fitbit Force wristband can be ordered from the Fitbit web store for $129.95, with shipments beginning in 3-4 weeks.

    Article Link: Fitbit Force Activity Tracking Wristband Launches with Built-In Altimeter, Phone Notifications for iOS 7
     
  2. JaySoul macrumors 68030

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    Very interested in this.

    Had a Nike FuelBand for 1.5 years, and love it - but the hardware definitely needs updating.

    Nike have an event on October 15th which should yield the announcement of the FuelBand 2, but if it disappoints I may try the FitBit Force out.
     
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    Really!? Like really? I JUST bought the Fitbit Flex about 1.5 months ago from Apple.
     
  5. mightyneek macrumors member

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    If this little guy had a HRM built in i'd be all over it!
     
  6. traveller09 macrumors member

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    I am very interesting in activity bands, but I personally don’t see much use for one without heart rate monitor capability. Maybe I am kidding myself. Maybe they cant put that technology in a wrist band, I just don’t have much confidence that an accelerometer is going to be a true indication of calories burned vs a heart rate monitor. I think I will wait and see for now.
     
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    Welcome to technology.
     
  8. Rigby macrumors 601

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    What's the use for these products, now that thanks to the M7, the iPhone in your pocket can track your movements 24/7 with no battery life penalty? :confused:
     
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    I agree! Not to mention you want to work out in your target Heart Rate Zone. I vibration in my wrist to let me know would be awesome!
     
  10. kevinpdoyle macrumors member

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    Yes but that would mean you have to have your phone on you 24/7. I for one don't bring my phone on workouts and dont always grab my phone from my desk at the office so the M7 alone would not capture all of my movements.
     
  11. kwrzesien macrumors member

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    I think this would be great for running and cycling where my iPhone is either in a jersey pocket on my back or a running strap on my arm, I can't really see who is calling me. I'm always running Cyclemeter and Strava to keep track of my workout but the more info the better. Being able to see caller id so I can answer using the headphones would be nice. Seeing who a text is from would also be great, I just need enough info to know whether to stop and check my phone or carry on and crank out some miles!
     
  12. txplorer macrumors newbie

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    Misses the mark

    While I think this device is a fantastic upgrade. It's not swim proof. The Flex is so I guess i'll just stick with that.
     
  13. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Can these armbands actually track workouts other than running accurately? I'm not a runner, but do mostly rowing and some weight training. So far I'm simply tracking my workouts manually.
     
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    I don't keep my phone on me 24/7...

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    You have to log other types of workouts.
     
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    It's traditionally best for cardio activities, to be honest.
     
  16. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Thanks. Makes me wonder even more what the use of fitness trackers is if you don't happen to be a runner. I have used one of the tracking apps since getting my iPhone 5s, but the step counters seem pretty useless to me. Compared to my workouts, the energy burned walking and climbing stairs is negligible anyway.

    I agree though that the call notification feature would come in handy in many situations.+
     
  17. kevinpdoyle macrumors member

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    I have an UP and the benefit in workouts is mostly that it can time how long you worked out for, then you manually log the level of difficulty and the type of workout later in the phone app.

    The benefit of the UP band to me is the sleep monitoring, the silent alarm, the step counting and integration of the workouts/runs into the step logging.
     
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    Well, rowing is a pretty intense cardio activity. ;) I was just wondering if the trackers (or phones, for that matter) are smart enough to recognize motions other than running accurately.
     
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    Um, that looks like something a guy wears, well, lower.
     
  20. JaySoul macrumors 68030

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    My FuelBand is good for:

    Running (outside)
    Running (treadmill)
    Football
    Tennis (all racquet sports)
    Elyptical trainer
    Rowing machine

    Where it isn't good:

    Swimming (not waterproof)
    Exercise bike
    Cycling
    Weights

    The main thing is just keeping motivated to move throughout the day (not being a lazy lump) and for tracking most cardio activities/sports.

    I always say they won't perfect it until they put 2 chips in your feet, 2 in your wrists and one in your brain!
     
  21. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Hm, maybe I should try one then. I'll wait to see what Nike presents later this month though.
    Resistance is futile. ;)
     
  22. MrCubes macrumors regular

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    It's not all about the calories.
    The primary use is to track your movement (mostly walking) throughout the day.
    Even if you work-out every day if you have a sedentary job or otherwise spend most of the rest of the day inactive then there are health benefits to be had from interspersing the day with lower intensity activity (e.g. going for a short walk) - look into NEAT (Non-exercise activity thermogenesis). The step-counters, in particular, help to encourage that.

    Using them as part of your work-out tracking, or for other activities, is not out of the question - but there are limitations and you need to be aware of them
     
  23. paul4339 macrumors 65816

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    If the Apple rumored iWatch includes these activity band features, I hope they also have iPod shuffle features as well. They already applied for a wireless headphone patent last year and acquired Wi-Gear, a wireless headset startup.
    (it would kinda make the Shuffle obsolete)



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  24. polymersayb macrumors regular

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    See if your credit card has one of those return policies where you can return the product to them even if the store won't take it back (or if it's past the store return policy time). They make it painful for you (e.g. you have to get a written letter from the store saying they won't take it back) but if the extra features are worth it to you it might be worth a shot.
     
  25. paul4339 macrumors 65816

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    yup.. any kind of alert notification on a wristband would be useful... currently at the office, at the hour/on the hour, I hear a bunch of smartphone chirps for reminders, alerts, alarms, etc.

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