Fitbit Launches 3 New Fitbits With Advanced Health Features

Fitbit Launches 3 New Fitbits With Advanced Health Features

Fitbit has just unveiled its latest-generation fitness wearables, with a new tracker and two smartwatches, including a sequel to its most advanced model, the Fitbit Sense.

The new version is called Fitbit Sense 2, logically enough, and has plentiful sensors to manage stress and heart health, like its predecessor. Now, however, it includes what Fitbit calls its Body Response Sensor, which the company claims is the first continuous monitor of its kind to be worn on the wrist and designed to help with stress management.

Fitbit describes it as, “a new Body Response sensor to track continuous electrodermal activity (cEDA) for all-day stress management right from your wrist. Along with cEDA, it uses metrics like heart rate, heart rate variability and skin temperature to help you better understand when your body experiences potential signs of stress.”

In other words, by tracking the skin’s activity, and combining that with the other sensors, it helps you become aware when you’re getting stressed. It will help identify when your body could be responding to stress (or excitement). The idea is that you’ll get notifications to increase your awareness of what your body’s doing.

With the Sense 2, assuming it works, you’ll become aware of what triggers your stress to “create a stress management practice to build your resilience over time.”

After it sends a Body Response notification, it will follow up with, “different ways to manage stress in the moment including mood logging, guided breathing, mindfulness sessions, on-wrist or in the Fitbit app.”

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The Fitbit Sense 2 has a lower center of gravity, whatever that means but apparently it should make it feel more natural to wear. It’s 10% thinner and 15% lighter than the previous generation.

Fitbit Sense 2 sees the return of the adorable sleep animals that arrived with the first Sense, including a hedgehog, a dolphin and a giraffe, which relate to the way you sleep.

The price is $299.95 (£269.99 in the U.K.) and includes six months of Fitbit Premium membership.

Then there’s the Fitbit Inspire 3 which is a tracker for users at the start of their fitness journey, the company says. The design has a big upgrade: it’s thinner and has more buttons plus there’s a color touchscreen for the first time. It looks pretty cute, especially in yellow, I’d say. It’s priced at $99.95 (£84.99 in the U.K.).

Finally, there’s the Fitbit Versa 4, a smartwatch for those who “put their health first and expect their device to keep up with them.” There are now 40 workouts, double the previous total.

Google Maps turn by turn directions and Google Wallet will be coming to Versa 4. It’s also had a make-over so it’s thinner and lighter than before and has been redesigned so you barely notice it. The interface is now designed as tiles and customizable. It has six-day battery life. It costs $229.95 (£199.99 in the U.K.).

Fitbit introduced a new metric to the U.K., though available in the U.S. already and that’s irregular heart rhythm notifications. The algorithm was there already but it’s now been cleared for use in Britain and the E.U.

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