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The Fitbit Watch; A pulse oximeter?
Topic Started: Aug 12 2017, 04:15 AM (85 Views)
George K
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Supposedly, Fitbit is releasing a smartwatch at the end of the year.

Rumor has it it has a built-in pulse oximeter:

https://www.macobserver.com/news/pulse-oximeter-fitbit-smartwatch/

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The renderings were obtained by Wareable. Their sources say this is the final design and shows what we’ll see on store shelves.

The hint that this watch may also be able to track your blood oxygen levels comes from the red lights on the watch’s back. Fitbit may have gone with red in hopes of improving heart rate accuracy, although it could be for measuring blood oxygen, too.

Last week during Fitbit’s quarterly earnings report CEO James Park said, “Our smartwatch, which we believe will deliver the best health and fitness experience in the category, is on track for delivery ahead of the holiday season.”

Fitbit has been looking for a way to regain its place as the world’s top fitness tracker company as consumer interest in smart watches, and the Apple Watch in particular, grows.

The leaked renders give us more details about the watch than Fitbit has been willing to share, assuming they’re legit. To date, Fitbit has only said their watch will be great and it’s coming later this year.

Fitbit’s smartwatch doesn’t look remarkably different from any other watch on the market, much like the Blaze which is a fitness tracker with some smartphone connectivity. Aside from speculation that it’ll support blood oxygen monitoring, there isn’t much to set it apart from competing fitness-focused smartwatches.

The Fitbit watch will have its own app store so, unlike the Blaze, it’ll support more than its built-in apps. That sounds great, but Fitbit is still hobbled by refusing to support Apple’s HealthKit platform and its failure to adapt earlier when the market started shifting from dedicated fitness trackers to smartwatches.

This new smartwatch looks like Fitbit’s Hail Mary throw to keep the company moving forward. We’ll see if consumers want to catch that throw.
I'm so old that I remember when you had to *look* at the patient to see if they had enough oxygen rather than relying on a number.
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Jolly
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A few years ago, I had to come up with a product and pitch it to a shark tank type panel. This stuff was all done on the fly, because this was simply a sales technique/pressure cooker kind of thing. I love stress inducing stuff like that.

My product was the Caduceus, a watch type product that not only functioned as a Fitbit, but also was a pulse-ox and contained a sweat sampling microarray that could give you your blood glucose levels and a couple of other things. If values obtained were outside of defined parameters, the device would automatically notify a call center, whereby the result would be evaluated and help would be called if needed.

They said the presentation was good, but doubted the product was anywhere near future... :lol2:
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Davis
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I have a pulse oximeter, inherited actually, the type you stick your finger in. It really is not relevant for me and likely most not for relatively healthy people either. My reading hardly ever varies. I wouldn't pay extra for it, does this signal Fitbit is going after a different demographic?
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jon-nyc
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Maybe at peak cardio paces it's an interesting number to track.
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Copper
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Some high end personal airplanes now come with a pulse oximeter on the instrument panel, just stick your finger in to check your oxygen.
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