Fitbit has rolled out more advanced health monitoring features including an ECG app and sensors to track stress levels and changes in skin temperature. The latest features are part of the wearable company’s transition from fitness tracking to being a platform that puts consumers in control of their health, according James Park, Fitbit co-founder and chief executive officer.
The company announced its new Fitbit Sense device as an “advanced health smartwatch” that features sensor and software technology including the first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor to help manage stress. Consumers can place their palm over the face of the device and use the smartwatch’s EDA Scan app to detect small electrical changes in the sweat level of their skin.
The combined on-device tracking and app provide insights on how a user’s body responds to stress and offers tools such as mindfulness sessions to help manage both physical and mental stress. The new smartwatch also features an ECG app to assess assess heart rhythm for signs of atrial fibrillation and an on-wrist skin temperature sensor that can help detect potential signs of illness. The Fitbit Sense is designed to track key trends in users’ health and well-being, like heart rate variability, breathing rate and blood-oxygen saturation, or SpO2.
Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of innovative and popular products include Fitbit Sense™, the Fitbit Versa™ family of smartwatches, Fitbit Charge 4™, Fitbit Inspire 2™, and Fitbit Ace 2™ activity trackers, and Fitbit Aria Air smart scale. Fitbit products are carried in approximately 39,000 retail stores and in over 100 countries. The Fitbit platform delivers personalized experiences, insights and guidance through leading software and interactive tools, including the Fitbit and Fitbit Coach apps, and Fitbit OS for smartwatches.
This was reported by Fierce Healthcare on August 25, 2020.