Monday, 27 March, 2017

Fitbit's Alta HR adds heart-rate monitoring

A row of multicolored Alta HRs at the debut event A row of multicolored Alta HRs at the debut
Garry Little | 07 March, 2017, 00:34

The new Alta HR, which is due to go on sale later this month, is now the world's slimmest fitness tracker to house such technology, Fitbit claims. The addition of heart rate bumps the price up by $20 to $149, though its predecessor will stick around for those looking to save some cash.

The industry leader in personal fitnesss and health trackers has upped the ante with the launch of its latest product, the Alta HR, and advanced sleep tracking updates available via the Fitbit app.

It was leaked just a handful of times, but the new Fitbit Alta HR is now official. A nice side effect of this miniaturization process was that it allowed Fitbit to fit a larger battery inside the device, which means you could hopefully expect about 7 days of usage from the Alta HR. With a built-in heart rate sensor, you'll be able to better track your calories burned, non-step exercises like yoga and spinning, and also see real-time heart rate zones on your wrist.

To add heart-tracking to the the ultra-slim Alta, the company shrunk the sensor parts, and in the process made room for a bigger battery that extends the Alta's life on one charge from five days to seven.

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This includes continuous tracking for statistics like heart rate, steps, and active minutes; reminders to move during periods of inactivity; and push notifications for your calls and texts.

The Fitbit Alta HR will retail at $150 when it is released in April. These insights will get better over time as you log more hours awake and asleep while wearing the Alta HR, but from the moment you start using the device, your data informs sleep insights. The strap on the Alta was incredibly hard to put on at times, so I'm really happy to see a simpler locking mechanism this time around. Collaborations with fashion designers like Tory Burch and PUBLIC SCHOOL followed, giving the Alta an extra aesthetic boost and its wearers more options to accessorize their device.

As far as we can tell, that essentially makes the Alta HR a shrunken Fitbit Charge 2 - 25 percent smaller, in fact. Sleep Insights uses data from 3 billion nights of sleep logged on Fitbit devices to give recommendations to users. The HR still won't be able to give you a flawless picture of your sleep quality, but it will give you a better picture than one painted with movement alone.

Fitbit has also introduced a much better sleep tracking on the fitness band with their new Sleep Stages feature which can track your sleep and categorize it between deep, light and even REM sleep. Both features are coming to the Fitbit app in Spring 2017.

Pre-sales for the new Alta will begin on the Fitbit website on March 13, with the new device costing £129.99.

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