Getting fit is a big deal, and technology can help. It won’t do all the work for you, but it can assist, turning everything into a game, and even integrating in your life so that it’s as useful as your home.
If you’ve been a bit late or relaxed in getting that 2014 “get in better shape” resolution off to a start, consider this: 2015 is only a stone’s throw away, and so too is the beach season, meaning it’s just about time to make good on that promise and do something about that weight of yours.
But if you’re anything like us and are having trouble getting into the swing of things — and we’re not saints here — it might be time to take advantage of some technology.
Fitbit has been doing this longer than a lot of companies, and this year have a few new models made for the wrists of people who want that extra motivation to go out and shed a few kilograms, as well as an option or two for those of you already doing this and taking it seriously.
The new models join staples already on shelves that will sit there for a while longer, we’re told, with the low-end step tracker Fitbit Zip for $79.95, Fitbit One waist-level tracker for $129.95, Fitbit Flex wireless activity band for $129.95, and Fitbit Aria scale for $169.95, and while those models jump around form factor and position on where you use them, the 2014 models are all for your wrist.
Yes, as the wearables market heats up, so too does Fitbit’s entries, with the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge joining the line-up (below).
We’ll start with that first one because that isn’t just the first in the list, but the only one that will be available in Australia this year, with the other two joining our market early next year and missing out on the holiday purchase season.
That said, it looks to offer people intrigued by the idea of a wearable that monitors you something to look at, and more than just the five lights of progress Fitbit has previously offered in the Flex.
Rather, the Charge will be built into a band and not removable like its Flex cousin, offering step counting, calories burned, floors climbed, and distance traveled on a small OLED screen that is easy to read.
The information will be collected and shown in real-time, and the Fitbit Charge will even work with your smartphone, telling you when someone is calling with a vibration and the caller’s name or number on the screen.
Fitbit tells us it is focusing quite heavily on batter life, working for an entire week — yes, seven days — on one charge, with the overall charge time not taking much.