Fitbit Announces New Additions to the Wearable Fitness Tracker Family

On Monday, Fitbit announced the addition of three new fitness trackers to their line up: Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge.

Each new wearable device offers something more than the standard Fitbit with the addition of an LED display that shows time of day and your daily stats, more accurate step counters, automatic sleep detection and caller ID (similar to the iWatch and Pebble).

According to, the Fitbit Charge features:

  • Accurate tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and floors climbed
  • A bright, OLED display showing time of day and real-time stats
  • Automatic sleep detection monitors sleep quality using motion analysis to understand sleep and wake times; also features a silent, vibrating alarm
  • Caller ID to helps users stay connected to incoming calls; the wristband vibrates and shows the caller’s name or number when a smartphone is nearby
  • Exercise tracking to easily record workouts, see real-time exercise stats and have summaries appear automatically on the Fitbit dashboard
  • A high-quality, water-resistant, comfortable new textured wristband design with an improved clasp
    Up to 7 days of battery life

The Fitbit Charge HR does everything the base Fitbit Charge can do, with the addition of heart rate monitoring that allows for more accurate tracking of your daily calorie burn as well as insights into your heart’s overall health.

The Fitbit Surge is much more advanced, featuring everything the Charge and Charge HR include, plus GPS capabilities, multi-sport activity recording, more sensors and a backlit LCD touch screen display.

As a Fitbit fan myself, I’m really excited about these new products, especially for the Charge HR. One thing I feel that is lacking with my Fitbit Flex is how inaccurately the device measures daily calorie burns and activities. It’s nice to aim for a step count, but if you’re doing any kind of yoga, strength training or cycling, the Flex doesn’t register these high-intensity activities at all.

Fitbit is on the right track with their new wearable devices, keeping up with the Joneses next door at Apple, who recently unveiled their foray into wearable technology with the iWatch.