FitBit News

2nd Feb 2016

FitBit News

Posted by Hannah on 2nd Feb 2016 | 0 comments

FitBit have managed to get themselves into some hot water in the U.S over claims that their Heart Rate monitors do not accurately show heart rate data. The Surge and the Charge HR both have heart rate detectors built in. These work by using an LED light to reflect onto the skin to detect changes in blood volume, with software then working out the BPM. 

FitBit News

In response, Fitbit said that while its trackers provide better heart rate data than measures such as gym equipment, they are not intended to be scientific.

"We do not believe this case has merit. Fitbit stands behind our heart rate technology and strongly disagrees with the statements made in the complaint and plans to vigorously defend the lawsuit," the company said.

"Fitbit is committed to making the best clip and wrist-based activity trackers on the market. Our team has performed and continues to perform internal studies to validate our products’ performance.

"PurePulse provides better overall heart rate tracking than cardio machines at the gym, as it tracks your heart rate continuously – even while you’re not at the gym or working out. But it’s also important to note that Fitbit trackers are designed to provide meaningful data to our users to help them reach their health and fitness goals, and are not intended to be scientific or medical devices.”

So a word to the wise to our followers, please never take your fitness tracker too seriously. It's there to be a guide and a motivation tool even if the data is spot on.

We wouldn't be without our FitBits! 

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