The wearable technology market is booming with consumer-related products such as specialty or conventional health monitors. New wearable designs extract information from devices such as shoes to monitor footsteps for self-assessment of fitness, and activity tracking wristbands for pulse measurements. The ability to collect data, along with a user’s health monitoring needs, makes the area of wireless wearable technologies a promising one for manufacturers right now.
In line with this trend, wearable technology manufacturer Fitbit has applied for new trademarks for a Fitbit Surge, a Fitbit Charge and a Fitbit PurePulse. PurePulse, the most significant of the three, is a wrist-mounted optical heart rate monitor that also monitors activity. A heart rate helps the wearable device to understand activity intensity as well as exertion – giving a much clearer picture of user movements and making the pedometer function more useful to consumers. The PurePulse offers continuous heart rate monitoring from its light-based sensor.
An upmarket pedometer, the Fitbit Charge targets the athletics market with GPS and atmospheric sensors. Meanwhile, the Fitbit Surge is an upgraded pedometer for general usage.
According to Richard Windsor of Radio Free Mobile, the technology for biosensors still remains a long way away from being mass-market ready. “I need to see a huge improvement in reliability from Fitbit, as well as a real solution to the heart rate monitoring problem, in order to think that this segment might start moving in the near future.”