The New Fitbit Alta HR Features Continuous Heart Rate Tracking

Mar 07, 2017, 00:34
The New Fitbit Alta HR Features Continuous Heart Rate Tracking

Fitbit today unveiled its first fitness tracker of 2017: the Alta HR. Sleep tracking will be improved as well, since your heart rate will allow the tracker to see the different stages of sleep.

The Alta HR is now available for preorder for $149.95, with a wider release in stores in April.

Fitbit also says that they've been developing the Alta HR for almost a year to shrink its heart rate monitor to a size that would fit in the tiny wristband, which is 25 percent smaller than the Charge 2.

Fitbit has just introduced the Alta HR, the company's slimmest activity tracker with a heart rate monitor. Or spend the same money for more features in a bigger package, with Charge 2. "That swing may be a sign that you're not getting enough sleep during the week". The company estimates the HR will get up to seven days of battery life on a single charge, and that's with continuous heart rate monitoring throughout the day and night.

My knees are still killing me, but after more time with the $150 Alta HR, it's safe to say this might be Fitbit's most versatile activity tracker yet.

Enhanced sleep tracking and recommendations. The new device includes a "Sleep Stages" feature. Sleep Insights uses all of the data from your Fitbit to provide personalized guidance on how to improve your sleep. You'll be able to track all the usual Fitbit metrics, including your daily calorie burn.

Automatic sleep and exercise tracking, such as walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts. It'll also give you reminders to move if you've been sat down for a long time. You can also get notifications for calls, texts, and calendar events.

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Interchangeable bands in different colors and materials, like rose gold.

Fancy still photography of Alta HR family. The most important is likely the addition of PurePulse technology, which Fitbit says was the most requested feature from Alta users.

A swim workout. Flex 2 ($100) is still the only Fitbit you can wear for aquatic workouts. The Charge 2 also offers Connected GPS, meaning it will use your phone to record a map of your route, Guided Breathing, which is created to offer personalised breathing sessions based on your heart rate and Cardio Fitness Level, which is a VO2 Max measurement.

A cautious or sensible approach?

. If you simply Googled "Fitbit" and looked at the news results, you'll find no shortage of headlines like this one from Barron's: "Fitbit Needs New Steps to Restore Health".

If Fitbit can make this information truly useful, people could learn a lot about their bodies during the many hours when they're deep in slumber.

Fitbit also claims the Alta HR consumes less battery life thanks to its shrunken guts.

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