Fitbit Surge

By Heather Mack October 31, 2016
A California federal judge will hear out allegations that Fitbit’s heart rate monitoring technology is inaccurate – which have warranted class action suits both for potential danger to users and misrepresentation to investors. Last week, judge Susan Illston denied the fitness wearable company’s request to dismiss the allegations of a federal securities class action, which claim Fitbit was...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2016
There’s been much ado lately about Fitbit’s heart rate tracking technology, found in its Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge trackers. A recent class action lawsuit alleges that the devices are inaccurate and endanger consumers and a second lawsuit says the technology infringes on Valencell’s patents.  Now Consumer Reports, which proclaimed the accuracy of the devices when it reviewed them...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2016
Fitbit is facing yet another class action suit, this time over its heart rate monitoring, which plaintiffs claim is inaccurate to a dangerous degree. “Plaintiffs and many consumers like them have experienced — and testing confirms — that the PurePulse trackers consistently mis-record heart rates by a very significant margin, particularly during exercise,” the suit alleges. “This failure did not...
By Jonah Comstock November 23, 2015
Fitbit Surge Fitbit has added a new functionality to its Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge trackers that will enable the device to readily distinguish between different kinds of movement, and has also upgraded the heart rate sensors in the trackers. The automatic exercise recognition feature, called SmartTrack, will be automatically pushed out to current users of the two devices in an update. ...
By Aditi Pai August 6, 2015
Fitbit Surge Fitbit sold 4.5 million activity tracking devices in the second quarter of 2015, resulting in revenue of $400 million, Fitbit CEO James Park reported in the company's second quarter earning call. He added that this compares to revenue of $114 million in the same period last year and represents year-over-year growth of 250 percent. Since first launching, Fitbit has sold over 25...
By Brian Dolan May 7, 2015
One of the first companies in the connected fitness wearables market, San Francisco-based Fitbit, has registered for an initial public offering. While the company included a placeholder figure of $100 million for what it hopes to raise, the SEC filing is chock full of financial data for the company, which is turning an impressive profit, as well as other performance data like active users and...
By Aditi Pai April 30, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch President Barack Obama is not the only one who, at least for now, seems to prefer the Fitbit to the Apple Watch. An ON World survey of more than 1,000 consumers found that 48 percent of fitness tracker early adopters chose the Fitbit, while just 21 percent chose the Apple Watch. “Most activity trackers are one third the price of the lowest priced Apple smartwatch making...
By Aditi Pai March 23, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch Fitbit has added two new features, bike tracking and multi-tracker support, to its most advanced wristworn activity tracker, the Fitbit Surge. In unrelated news, last week, President Obama was seen wearing a Fitbit Surge. That's not entirely unexpected since he mentioned a month prior that he was planning to try out the Apple Watch to track his workouts and that he hadn...
By Jonah Comstock January 6, 2015
The new heart rate-enabled devices Fitbit announced in October have begun shipping and are now available for purchase online, the company announced. The $249.95 Fitbit Surge, which the company calls a "fitness super watch" and the $149.95 Fitbit Charge HR, a heart rate tracking version of the company's new flagship device, will be available for purchase by the end of the month at Best Buy,...
By Aditi Pai October 27, 2014
Just a week after news leaked about activity tracker maker Fitbit's next generation of devices, the company has announced its three new trackers -- Charge, Charge HR, and Surge. The trackers will monitor everything the Fitbit Force tracked: steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and sleep. One new feature which wasn't revealed in the leaks is that the devices will now offer automatic...