Aug 25, 2020 News
In 2019, Google had announced that it had plans on acquiring Fitbit. While this acquisition is in progress, Fitbit has recently announced that they will be introducing three new pieces of hardware.
The Fitbit Sense is Fitbit’s new top end smartwatch, going alongside the Fitbit Versa 3 and its various trackers. The sensors on here add to what fit bit already had, such as temperature sensing to check your skin temperature on your wrist, EDA which is electrodermal activity that looks at your galvanic skin response to check how stressed you are, and it includes ECG - which is to look at heart atrial fibrillation, a feature we can find in the Apple Watch and many Samsung watches.
The Fit Sense introduces two new sensors, ECG and EDA. In the Fitbit Sense, the ECG is using a One Lead ECG and electro cardiogram to complete a circuit to scan your heart for 30 seconds. While it’s not a replacement for a deeper ECG, as it won’t look for signs of a heart attack, it will show you if you have signs of atrial fibrillation, thus giving the user an indication that they should visit a cardiologist for a deeper inspection. The ECG app also allows users to capture their recorded data and share it with their doctors. While this is a lifesaving feature, it is still pending FDDA clearance.
The idea of trying to sense your stress level through galvanic skin response has been around but Fitbit is going to be using it in an EDA scan app. This app is going to record your stress level when you put your palm right over the Fitbit Sense, to get the electrical conductivity. Upon detection, if the Fitbit Sense senses any irregularities, it can also offer tips on how to regulate your stress levels. In addition, The users will be now be given access to a new “Mindfulness” option on the Fitbit app, which allows users to set and record their stress related goals and also offers relaxing sounds to calm the user, meditation data, and more.
Fitbit is taking temperatures and other variables and bringing it together into a kind of daily score that you will receive in the morning. The Fitbit has a temperature sensor which can track the users skin temperature at night and give a detailed report. The heart rate optical setup now has multiple optical channels which Fitbit states will give more accurate heart rate on more people’s wrists. This means it could provide a richer flow of heart rate data. Needless to say, the Fitbit Sense will also include other standard health features such as heart-rate tracking, exercise tracking, and more.
Software wise, Fitbit is, for the first time, integrating Google Assistant in addition to Amazon Alexa. The interface has also undergone redesigning, with customizable widgets, redesigned notifications, and more. The battery is also long lasting and is supposed to last up to 6+ days. The Fitbit Sense will retail for $329 in the US upon release in late September.
Fitbit believes that more information is better. They aim to provide their users with as much information as possible so that the users can choose what they want to do with their health and give them general awareness of conditions that they be unknowingly susceptible towards.