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Charge HR and Surge available now, plus new Charge colors!

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New Fitbit products: Charge, ChargeHR, and Surge

Last October, we alerted the world that Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge were coming in early 2015. Today, we’re excited to announce that they’ve arrived just in time for your New Year’s resolutions! You can order either product at the Fitbit online store today, and both will be widely available in major North American retailers, including Best Buy, Brookstone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, REI, The Sports Authority and Target, by the end of January. Availability in select countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America will come shortly after.

If you’re a Fitbit Charge fan, we have good news for you too! You can now order the Charge in either blue or burgundy, to complement the already-available colors of black and slate.

Fitbit is always working to enhance our full line of award-winning trackers to deliver even more advanced, game-changing features designed to make tracking more intuitive and efficient, so on top of new products we’re also offering two new features coming soon to all Fitbit users:

  • Multi-device support: enables up to 5 Fitbit devices to sync to one account, giving you all your stats at any time, no matter which tracker you’re wearing
  • Exercise summaries on display: shows all your exercise stats directly on the Charge HR display, so you can see how well you performed during and after your workout, providing quick access to stats

We’re always working to improve our products, so keep checking back for new announcements. Here’s to an active 2015!

These Artists Turned Fitbit Data into a Connected Canvas

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The artistic duo LigoranoReese have been collaborating as a team on amazing projects since the mid 1980s. But Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese’s latest exhibit is a phenomenal, interactive self-portrait derived from Fitbit and psychological data.

To say we were intrigued by the exhibit is an understatement—so we caught up with the artists to learn exactly how the idea came about and all the intricate work that went into each portrait. Read on for the full interview.

And if you’re local to the San Francisco Bay area, you can see I•AM•I in person at the Catharine Clark Gallery until January 3, 2015. Here’s how to find out more about the exhibit.

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These Students Used Fitbit to Win MIT’s Biggest Hackathon

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(Image of BeaverDash via Zoe Sheinkopf, Technique)

Over the first weekend in October, MIT held its biggest hackathon yet. Hundreds of undergraduates set up camp for HackMIT with a shot at a potential prize of up to $4,000. Fitbit—along with other services including Uber, Google Places, and DirecTV—provided its API for participants to create cutting-edge tech.

BeaverDash, the winning team, created a Web application that alerts students when free food or items are being offered, where and how long it would take to get to them.

From BostInno: “The team used MIT’s free food and reuse mailing lists as their proof-of-concept, alerting individuals when an email is sent to those lists. BeaverDash then displays the free items on a Google map, with estimated travel times, as well as walking and biking directions. For users who choose to walk or bike, BeaverDash is integrated with the Fitbit API, meaning they can receive customized calculations on how many calories would be burned getting to the free items, as well as store their activity to their Fitbit log with a single click.”

Pretty cool, huh? Congrats to team BeaverDash. You can read more about HackMIT here.

Say hello to a new way to stay motivated

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Challenges Dashboard

If you’re on the competitive end of your Fitbit friend list – someone who constantly stays up-to-date with where you stand on the leaderboard, cheering (or taunting!) your friends along the way – you’re going to love Fitbit Challenges.

Challenges allow you to start a challenge and invite your friends and family to get more steps, support each other, and reach your goals! There’s four different types of challenges you can start:

  • Sweep the Daily Showdown: Use your determination to take home the win in this fitness faceoff by taking the most steps in a day.
  • Be A Weekend Warrior: Add a little winning to your relaxing weekend by taking the most steps between Saturday and Sunday.
  • Win the Workweek Hustle: Reach your goals and get a whole lot of step cred by being the top contender in this Monday to Friday step bender.
  • Go All the Way On Goal Day: Get your game face on and commit to fit by doing what it takes to hit your daily step goal.

 

You’ll get updates along the way with where you stand to help motivate you even more, and you can send messages to the whole group right through the Challenge dashboard. And it’s all available now, right through the Fitbit app.

So get going, and let us know how your challenges go in the comments!

Fitbit Dashboard Updated with Weekly Activity and More

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The new updated look of the Fitbit.com online dashboard is now live, and we wanted to take this opportunity to show off what’s new.

For starters, everything has been updated with a fresh coat of paint and new colors. Completely new to the dashboard is “This Week’s Activity,” a detailed tile that displays a summary of your week at a glance. Once you manually add the tile to your dashboard, you can switch between steps, floors, and calories on the upper-right corner of the tile, and you’ve got a handy bar that displays your progress toward your weekly goal. You can also hover over a specific day of the week to show your step count (or selected stat) for that day. read more

Fitbit Now Available on Windows Phone Platform

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We’ve got some awesome news to share for Windows phone owners. Today we launched a free, native Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows fans, we’ve heard you loud and clear and we’re proud that Fitbit is the first to offer mobile fitness syncing to the Windows Phone platform. If you’re a Windows Phone 8.1 user, you now have instant access to up-to-date stats from any Fitbit tracker. The new Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8.1 also features Live Tiles – Microsoft’s Start screen app experience that provides up-to-date content and notifications at a glance – so you can track your steps and to your daily goals, all without opening the Fitbit app.

In addition to real-time stat syncing, you can also quickly log fitness and nutrition data and set or manage personal goals directly from the app. All the Fitbit app staples are included: notifications, achievement badges and leaderboards, letting you cheer, taunt and direct message friends within the app for a little friendly competition.

Here is the full list of features of the new Windows app:

 

  • Real-time stats: Automatic and wireless syncing for all Fitbit activity and sleep trackers through Bluetooth 4.0
  • Fitbit on your Start screen: Pin the Fitbit Live Tile to your Start screen and quickly view your step count
  • Stay on track: Real-time and historical stats in easy-to-understand graphs, to help track progress and set goals
  • Log more than activity: Recently enhanced food database of more than 350,000 foods with accurate nutritional data for faster, better food-logging and calorie coaching
  • Get motivated: Fitbit’s motivational social tools like notifications and badges, to help reach target goals
  • Stay social: Ability to challenge friends and family with leaderboards, direct messages, cheers and taunts

 

We’re very happy to support the top three leading mobile platforms with direct sync, so now you can choose the device you want to use with your Fitbit product.

Windows Phone 8.1 users can find the free Fitbit app in the Windows Phone Store now.

Introducing MobileRun and Enhanced Food Logging for the Fitbit App

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Today we’re officially introducing two brand new features to the free Fitbit mobile app: MobileRun and enhanced food logging tools.mobilerun app gray2

MobileRun

MobileRun uses GPS to accurately track, log and compare runs, walks and hikes efficiently and easily.

Through GPS, MobileRun allows you to track and elevate training/workouts with real-time updates and key stats from individual runs, walks and hikes, including exact route, pace per mile (splits), distance and time. Here’s a breakdown of what you can get with MobileRun:

  • Route history, spoken distance and mile markers while on a run, allowing you to monitor improvement or push further in the moment
  • Stats tracked integrate seamlessly with the main Fitbit dashboard, giving you credit for steps taken, calories burned and active minutes during routes
  • A new Exercise Frequency calendar keeps you on track toward workout goals – it automatically displays the days you have worked out by pulling in the frequency of MobileRun routes and logged exercises
  • You can conveniently play and switch songs from your iTunes playlists without leaving the Fitbit app, keeping the focus on your workout

 

Food Logging

Also new to the app is an enhanced food logging database with thousands of new foods added and a library of more than 350,000 foods in total. A barcode scanner and other improved logging features can really help if you set weight management goals.food logging app gray1

The updated database lists only foods with confirmed, credible nutritional data so you can confidently track nutrition with ease. When paired with a Fitbit  tracker, the Fitbit app gives you calorie coaching, guiding you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, or recommending number of steps to burn the calories.

Here are all the new features to log food quickly and effortlessly:

  • A barcode scanner lets you add calories and nutritional data in seconds
  • A quick-calorie estimator lets you pick common foods in the database and simply adjust a slider to estimate the calories within an expected range based on ingredients and preparation
  • Easy Meals auto-completes favorite or frequent meals in one quick step; it learns which foods you tend to log together and automatically suggests a set of foods (a meal) whenever you start logging one of them
  • Calorie coaching now guides you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, when used with a Fitbit tracker. You can set a food plan with weight-loss goals and see how many calories in vs. out you should be targeting each day, with access to easy to read charts to help you stay on track

 

The updated version of the Fitbit app with MobileRun and enhanced food logging features can be downloaded now from the iTunes store (Android version coming soon) and works with all Fitbit trackers: Flex, One and Zip – as well as with the MobileTrack function on the iPhone 5s version of the Fitbit app.

Take Your Fitness to the Next Level with Fitbit & HTC by using #FitbitHTC

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Looking to up your smartphone and your Fitness? The new HTC One (M8) comes with Fitbit built in, with a lockscreen widget and #BlinkFeed integration. And for a limited time, you can save $50 when you purchase both the new HTC One (M8) and a Fitbit Flex or Fitbit One.

Tell us how you’d take your fitness to the next level with Fitbit and the HTC One (M8) with the hashtag #FitbitHTC. Share it on the Fitbit Facebook page or on Twitter, and we’ll pick four random winners who will get the new HTC One (M8)!

Get Cooking with Fitbit and IFTTT for a Chance to Win!

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Ever want a little nudge if you haven’t hit your steps goal, like an SMS reminder? Or perhaps you’d like your Fitbit stats logged in a Google spreadsheet?

Well, now you can!

Just activate the Fitbit Channel on IFTTT (If This Then That).

IFTTT is a service that lets you create “if this then that” connections, called “Recipes,” to automate interaction between over one hundred applications, called “Channels,” including Facebook, Twitter, SMS, Box, Gmail and, now Fitbit.

After activating the Fitbit Channel, you can create your own Recipes by setting “Triggers” to initiate “Actions” on other applications.

Here are a couple examples to get you thinking:

IFTTT Recipe: If daily step goal not met by 3 PM, then send me an SMS connects fitbit to sms

IFTTT Recipe: Warn friends if I haven't slept well connects fitbit to twitter

We’re even having Fitbit Recipe sweepstakes!

Here’s how to enter:

Create a Fitbit Recipe, then go here and submit your recipe, we’ll send one random winner a suite of Fitbit products, plus five runners-up will each score one Fitbit Flex!

Don’t have a Fitbit? No sweat, just submit the requested contact details on the link above and click through to enter!

The sweepstakes will run until June 30th, so get cooking!

(No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to US residents only. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. See the official rules here)

 

Introducing Fitbit MobileTrack

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If you have an iPhone 5s and the latest Fitbit app, you’re ready to experience Fitbit MobileTrack. With just an iPhone 5s, you can now track basic health and fitness activity including steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned.

Here’s how it works. MobileTrack taps into the iPhone 5s M7 coprocessor, letting you track your daily activity and see your fitness trends right on your smartphone: steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. With an iPhone 5s, download the latest version of the free Fitbit app and you’re ready to go!

In addition to basic activity, you can also log food and weight directly on the app, set goals, see progress and use easy-to-read charts and graphs to view activity trends and get more active. You get the same in-app social and motivational features as Fitbit trackers, including friendly competition with friend-to-friend messaging and community leaderboards. And MobileTrack increases the base of current Fitbit users, so you can invite even more friends and family to help reach their health and fitness goals!

With MobileTrack and an iPhone 5s, you get an introductory experience to fitness tracking. Take it to the next level with a Fitbit tracker to get the 24/7 benefits of Fitbit activity and sleep-tracking when your phone is not on you.

The latest Fitbit app with MobileTrack is now available for free download in the App Store, and will be coming soon for use with select Android devices.