Fitbit has introduced three new activity trackers, including a completely new model specifically designed to help monitor and manage stress.
We got an early glimpse of all three devices when a set of 3D renders was leaked last week. We were able to risk making some guesses about the features of the new watches based on the images (including the Sense’s ECG sensor), but the full specifications were not revealed until a virtual press conference on August 24.
The Fitbit Sense features EDA (Electrodermal Activity) scanning, which detects changes in your skin’s conductivity indicative of stress. You can use these measurements to track your stress levels over time and take steps to control them (including breathing exercises, which you can perform) using Sense’s built-in app).
The Sense is also the first Fitbit to feature an ECG sensor, which can detect abnormal changes in heart rate and alert you if your heart rate is unusually fast or slow. This tool is currently awaiting approval from the FDA, as well as authorities in other countries, so we may have to wait for a future firmware update to be available.
There’s also a built-in skin temperature sensor, which can alert you to possible signs of illness, including respiratory infections, before you start to notice symptoms.
The Fitbit Sense costs $ 329 / £ 299 / AU $ 499.95. Like all new Fitbits, they are now available for pre-order on the Fitbit website and at select retailers, and should ship by the end of September. Fitbit hasn’t given an exact date, which seems prudent at this point.
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Fitbit also introduced a new device in its Versa line, the Fitbit Versa 3. This is a huge step up from its predecessor, with built-in GPS, improved voice controls (now compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant), and the ability to play music. straight from Pandora and Deezer. Spotify users can control their playlists remotely.
The Versa 3 is available to pre-order now for $ 229 / £ 199.99 / AU $ 299.95, the same price as the Versa 2 at launch.
Finally, Fitbit revealed the Fitbit Inspire 2, a new entry-level fitness tracker with a subtly revamped design and a handful of new features.
The Inspire 2 now supports Active Minutes, a way to ensure that you not only count your steps every day, but also spend enough time at heart rates high enough to improve your cardiovascular health. It can be tricky to understand, but Activity Minutes is a way to simplify it and break it down into manageable goals.
The Inspire 2 costs £ 99.95 / £ 89.99 / AU $ 179.95 and includes a full year of Fitbit Premium for new users. That’s an impressive deal considering that an annual Premium subscription generally costs $ 79.99 / £ 79.99 (roughly AU $ 110) when purchased alone.