Thursday, March 23, 2023
ADVT 
Tech

Fitbit Makes Exercise Even More Of A Game

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 29 Aug, 2016 11:39 AM
    NEW YORK — Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of strolling around your neighbourhood.
     
    The new motivational feature, called Adventures, will be available to all Fitbit users through a free app update Monday.
     
    The feature tracks the distance you've walked or run and maps it against actual trails, starting with three at Yosemite National Park in California. The Fitbit app will unlock badge-like images of trail landmarks — say, a scenic waterfall at mile 5 — as you progress. Other rewards include "fun facts" and health tips along the way. Fitbit will add other destinations, including the ability to "run" the course of the New York City Marathon.
     
    One of Fitbit's most popular features has been its ability to let friends and family compare steps they've taken throughout the day. Fitbit says those who participate in such challenges tend to take 30 per cent more steps. The company says Adventures is designed to offer similar challenges even if people haven't assembled real-life groups.
     
    The feature might help some users stick with step tracking and other fitness measures after the novelty wears off. People who keep using their Fitbits are more likely to tell their friends about them, and to upgrade to more advanced models themselves, the company says.
     
     
     
    Fitbit, the market leader in wearable devices, is also updating two older devices, the 2013 Flex and the 2014 Charge, mostly to bring them in line with what newer devices and rivals offer. Besides tracking steps and sleep, the Flex 2 and the Charge 2 will remind people to take moving breaks throughout the day. That's coming to the Fitbit Blaze, too, through a software update.
     
    The Charge 2 will have a heart-rate monitor, a feature previously limited to the "HR" edition of the Charge. It will prompt users to take deep-breathing breaks, something the Apple Watch will also soon do. One new feature promises a quick snapshot of cardiovascular fitness via a metric known as VO2 max, a measurement that typically requires running on a treadmill with an oxygen mask. It's not clear how accurate Fitbit's estimate will be.
     
    Meanwhile, the Flex 2 will be the first Fitbit with sufficient water resistance for use during swimming; Fitbit rivals like Garmin already offer that on some devices. And those who don't want to wear a fitness wristband all day can pop the device into a necklace or bracelet, sold separately.
     
     
    The Charge 2 is expected to ship in September for $150, while the Flex 2 will come in October for $100.

    MORE Tech ARTICLES

    In A Sign Of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab

    MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. 

    In A Sign Of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab

    Pokemon Statue Appears In New Orleans Park

    Pokemon Statue Appears In New Orleans Park

    Amid the craze over virtual characters in the smartphone-based "Pokemon Go" game, a Pokemon that people can see with their own eyes is grabbing attention in New Orleans.

    Pokemon Statue Appears In New Orleans Park

    Shopify Q2 Results Beat Estimates; Loss Smaller, Revenue Higher Than Expected

    OTTAWA — Shopify Inc. posted another loss in its second quarter but continued to ramp up its online business as it nearly doubled revenue from the same time last year.

    Shopify Q2 Results Beat Estimates; Loss Smaller, Revenue Higher Than Expected

    Blackberry Launches Hub+ On Google Play Store To Lure Android Users

    The company is releasing BlackBerry Hub+, a suite of applications that includes a unified inbox, password keeper and calendar, among other features.

    Blackberry Launches Hub+ On Google Play Store To Lure Android Users

    Video Game Addiction, Psychological Distress On Rise Among Ont. Students: Study

    Video Game Addiction, Psychological Distress On Rise Among Ont. Students: Study

    TORONTO — A new survey suggests video game addiction and psychological distress are on the rise among Ontario middle and high school students.

    Video Game Addiction, Psychological Distress On Rise Among Ont. Students: Study

    Women Entrepreneurs Galvanized To Disrupt Male-dominated Tech Industry

    Women Entrepreneurs Galvanized To Disrupt Male-dominated Tech Industry

    VANCOUVER — Technology entrepreneur Tammy Meyers does a mental count every time she attends a business conference promoting the augmented reality company she co-founded. Almost always, she's one of the only women in the room.

    Women Entrepreneurs Galvanized To Disrupt Male-dominated Tech Industry