Fitbit has released its lightest and most innovative smartwatches for both grown-ups and kids with the FitBit Ace and the Fitbit Versa. The company introduces the lightest device of its kind in the U.S market with a brand-new dashboard, which enables users to keep track of their heart rate every day of the week and also displays onscreen workouts.
Fitbit Ace is an even lighter smartwatch and it is the first dedicated fitness tracker for children. According to the official press release, it aims to make fitness fun and inspire kids to adopt healthier habits and combat the growing child obesity issue. It was designed for kids of ages 8 and older.
Fitbit Versa is the firm’s second smartwatch that allows connection and fast displays for both Android and iPhone users. It will also introduce a female health tracking feature to help women track their menstrual cycle, starting spring 2018.
Fitbit Versa: specs, price and release date
Fitbit Versa shares many features with its predecessor. However, it will be launched with Fitbit OS 2.0, allowing access to historical activity, heart rate, exercise summaries, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance with its new personalized dashboard, meant for a more intuitive view of users’ health.
As time goes by this smartwatch will become more personalized, and it will display sleep summaries and actions based on the users’ collected data. The device will come with a 4-day battery life and starting March 13, the item will be available for pre-order with a price of $199.95 with global retail availability.
Versa was designed to be more versatile on different exercises with an automatized and improved activity tracker. Its design is water resistant up to 50 meters of deep, and it will also allow an Enhanced 24/7 PurePulse heart rate tracking, as well as personalized workouts from Fitbit’s very own Coach feature.
Fitbit’s very own celebrity trainer ambassador Harley Pasternak said “I encourage all of my clients to track their activity so they understand how it plays a role in their overall health and fitness journey, Versa offers all of the features they need in one place to stay on top of their busy days, plus it’s stylish enough that they can wear it everywhere they go – to the gym or out with friends.”
Fitbit Ace: features for a more active youth
This Kid’s aimed smartwatch is available for a more affordable $109, and despite being less sophisticated, its value can be measured by its ambition since it encourages kids to build more active and healthy habits with their families.
It provides youngsters with motivation and minute goals, following World Health Organization suggestions. It will constantly remind children to remain active and encouraging them to move with personalized simple tasks such as taking 250 steps per hour with small buzzes when it’s been long since they last moved.
Ace seems like a simple device but it challenges the growing concern of inactivity with children, in order to tackle this problem, it will feature a new 5-day step challenge allowing family members to compete against each other and remain moving.