Fitbit unveils new Charge, Charge HR, and Surge activity trackers
Fitbit has announced its ‘next generation’ of trackers, a trio called the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge. These will all monitor all the usual parameters (steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and sleep), but one new feature will be automatic sleep detection so users can monitor motion throughout the night as well as sleep and wake times (which has been available in some of its competitors for a while now).
In a clear move to take on the growing number of smartwatches available, all 3 trackers will also include caller ID, so when somebody calls your smartphone your wrist will vibrate and show the caller’s name or number.The ‘HR’ in the Charge also stands for heart rate, as this device will offer continuous heart rate tracking and will monitor resting heart rate and heart rate trends (no chest strap required!).
The most advanced of the new family of trackers is the Surge, which will contain eight sensors — 3-axis accelerometers, a gyroscope, a compass, an ambient light sensor, GPS and a heart rate sensor. On top of the features available on Charge and Charge HR, Surge also offers multi-sport identification, which means it will be able to know whether you’re running, at the gym or doing another type of workout – meaning you can summaries your workouts more accurately.
We have only seen US costs at the moment, but these are $129.95 for the Fitbit Charge, $149.95 for the Charge HR and the all singing all dancing Surge will cost $249.95. Fingers crossed we will be able to get our hands on them soon to try them out!