Wrist Tracking and More with Fitbit Flex

We are so thrilled to be announcing Fitbit Flex to everyone. For many years, we managed to keep our research team very busy developing the technology to make Fitbit Flex, our first wristband product, work the way we want it to work. We wanted to make sure we captured actual steps taken without capturing “steps” from everyday hand motions, like typing, gesturing, or even eating.

One big challenge we faced was that while we managed to not calculate steps from these sitting activities (eating), and avoid steps from driving, we wanted to capture steps when you’re walking but your hands are held still. When would this happen? Well, walking with a stroller of course! It’s actually a common complaint among wrist tracker users. To determine the right algorithms to sense and capture these steps required lots of development and testing.  If you have been near our office in San Francisco, you would have seen many researchers running up and down the street with strollers, wired with all these gadgets to see how we can capture those movements.

Additionally, we waited until now to launch a wristband because we wanted to be able to offer wireless syncing with Android phones as well as iPhones, iPads, and iPods with Bluetooth 4.0. We’re very excited to announce that our products will start syncing with the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Note 2 in late January/early February, and more devices will follow soon! Viva la mobile!

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  • Why ), why, why is the wrist band so freakin hard to put on. I hate you fitbit for 5 minutes in the morning and 5 at night, when I’m trying to put you back on after I shower!

  • I have always used Fitbit one which I really like. They are so easy to loose though. I have now lost 2. They just come off in the course of a day. I just bought the flex2. I can already see it calculates steps while I am at the table just moving my arms. Not going to like that.

  • I have always used Fitbit one which I really like. They are so easy to loose though. I have now lost 2. They just come off in the course of a day. I just bought the flex2. I can already see it calculates steps while I am at the table just moving my arms. Not going to like that.

  • Can Fitbit Flex 2 sync with the food intake from Weight Watchers so I don’t have to enter it twice? I want to count calories, carbs and protein.

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