Good news for step-counting swimmers: Fitbit’s newest line of fitness trackers includes a waterproof device that recognizes when you start to swim and measures your laps.
The Flex 2 is an update to Fitbit’s cheapest device, the Flex, which sells for $99. The device is the thinnest Fitbit yet—30% smaller than the original—and the company’s first-ever to track swimming. It's is water resistant up to 50 meters and is safe for both pool and ocean swimming.
The device also tracks steps, automatically recognizes exercises like running and cycling and gives smartphone notifications through patterns in its lights.
It’s not the only update coming for Fitbit users this fall. The company is also launching Charge 2, an updated version of its bestseller, Charge HR, as well as partnerships with several fashion brands including Vera Wang, Public School and a renewed partnership with Tory Burch.
The new Charge 2 displays real-time statistics for steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and hourly activity. New to Fitbit are the Charge 2's guided breathing sessions, which use heart rate to give breathing prompts for relaxation.
Last week, a federal trade judge ruled Fitbit did not swipe trade secrets from rival fitness tracker maker Jawbone, a move that could have resulted in a sales ban for Fitbit. Last year, Jawbone sued Fitbit, alleging the company poached employees and acquired trade secrets about the company.
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