Fitbit has quietly added a couple of new fitness trackers to its lineup. You may not be able to purchase them, though, as they are not offered currently to the general public.
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A little investigative work shows devices called Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR have received Bluetooth certification on January 8th. They’ve also recently appeared on the Fitbit Health Solutions website.
In case you were wondering why they have not received widespread press coverage, its because these are special release trackers. Right now, Inspire and Inspire HR are available exclusively to Fitbit’s corporate, wellness, health plan, and health systems partners and customers of their organizations, participants and members.
In fact, you may have been left a bit confused if you clicked on the option to add a new device in your Fitbit app. The Inspire and Inspire HR have started appearing there as options. This is because corporate customers use the exact same app.
The fitness trackers actually look pretty good, coming across as a blend between the Charge 3 and Alta. Their housing is plastic. The classic band is made of a premium, comfortable silicone similar to that used in many sport watches, and the buckle is made of anodized aluminum.
The trackers have an OLED touchscreen, silicone band and are swim-proof (water resistance up to 5 ATM). There’s a single physical button on the left.
You navigate the device by tapping the screen, swiping up and down, or pressing the button. To preserve battery, the tracker’s screen turns off when not in use.
Fitbit Inspire monitors activity, calories and sleep. It spits out the usual smartphone notifications and there’s five days of battery life between charges. A clip-on accessory is available for purchase separately, so presumably the tracker can be detached from the strap and attached on to clothes.
The HR version comes with all this plus 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep stages (light, deep, & REM) and 15+ goal-based exercise modes. There’s also Connected GPS and Cardio Fitness Level, as well as breathing exercises. What is missing from both devices is an altimeter for counting floors.
Inspire and Inspire HR have already started selling through some corporate programs and gyms. The regular version costs $69.95 and the HR version $99.95.
Rumour has it this will be the replacement to the Alta and Alta HR. It is pinned for a spring release date, mostly likely in April.
Fitbit has not confirmed or denied this.
“Thanks for your questions about Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR. We’ve been working closely with several health plans and employers to make these devices available for the 2019 plan year”, the company writes on one of its forums.
“Please note these devices are designed for our customers who are members of participating health plans and wellness programs. We suggest checking with your employer or health plan to learn more.”
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