Fitbit’s range of fitness bands used to be basically known for their capacity to track your steps, yet this technology segment has since a long time ago expanded into tracking an entire host of other fitness metrics.
A while ago when Fitbit released the Fitbit Sense in 2020, it accompanied the ability to run an electrocardiograph (ECG) as part of its fitness arsenal.
One issue there (and it’s one we’ve seen on a range of ECG-enabled wearables) is that to give ECG readings in Australia, organizations need to procure regulatory clearance from the Therapeutic Goods Administration. So while the Fitbit Sense had the hardware ready for ECG readings, Australians passed up a major opportunity, at least until now.
Fitbit has declared that it presently has the pertinent clearances in Australia for ECG for Fitbit Sense owners. You’ll currently have the option to measure your heart rhythm for irregularities that could signal a more serious heart health problem from your fitness tracker.
Similarly as with different gadgets that offer ECG scanning, it’s not a medical grade scanner, and more a tool intended to give you early warning of possible issues. In the event that you got a tricky reading, or truly on the off chance that you feel any heart inconsistencies in any way, going to a medical professional right away is as yet going to be your smarter play.
Close by the information on ECG functionality, Fitbit has additionally reported a new wearable set to launch in Australia before the finish of September.
The Fitbit Charge 5 will likewise feature ECG capabilities, yet it’s a generously less expensive option than the $449.95 Fitbit Sense.
The Fitbit Charge 5 will set you back $269.95 in Australia. That asking cost will score you the first Fitbit gadget to feature a colour touchscreen display, albeit not an awfully enormous one. This is as yet a fitness band and not exactly a smartwatch.
The Fitbit Charge 5 additionally allows for an always-on display mode, albeit typically you can anticipate that the battery life should dive in case you’re continually keeping it on. Without the always-on display enabled, Fitbit figures it can keep going for as long as 7 days of battery life.
While the Charge 5 will rush to tracking the expected fitness metrics, it likewise measures electrodermal activity (EDA) similarly as the Fitbit Sense – again for less cash – which could make it a more attractive purchase proposition.