Fitbit http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/507/0 en-GB Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and PurePulse outed by trademark application http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three new activity trackers might be coming – including Fitbit’s first heart rate monitor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and PurePulse outed by trademark application" alt="Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and PurePulse outed by trademark application" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FitBitMain_0.jpg?1403338155" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Activity tracker maker Fitbit has applied for three new trademarks, suggesting a triple whammy of new products are on the way.</p> <p>The trademarks are for &ldquo;Fitbit Surge&rdquo;, &ldquo;Fitbit Charge&rdquo; and &ldquo;PurePulse&rdquo; (no Fitbit branding on that last one), and under the listing for each is a range of relevant category descriptions that give some indication of what they may relate to.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The PurePulse is a different prospect altogether, with mention of &ldquo;optical heart rate sensors&rdquo; &ndash; interesting because Fitbit has yet to release a product capable of tracking heart rate. It&rsquo;ll be wrist-based and able to display &ldquo;time, date, heart rate, calories burned, activity, intensity, and exertion&rdquo;. As mentioned, there&rsquo;s no Fitbit branding in the trademark, but that could be simply because Surge and Charge are actual words in their own right and thus will only be trademarked when used in combination with &ldquo;Fitbit&rdquo;.</p> <p>Fitbit has not confirmed any upcoming trackers, and of course it&rsquo;s entirely possible that these trademarks will never become commercial products &ndash; but don&rsquo;t be surprised if you see these three appearing on the scene in the coming months.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2014-06/fitbit-purepulse-to-bring-heart-rate-monitoring/">Zatznotfunny.com</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fitbit Health and fitness Wearable tech Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:05:40 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439665 at http://www.stuff.tv Face-off: The best fitness tracker bands from Nike, Jawbone and Fitbit http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/bands-run/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Walk further, sleep longer, and get fitter – these fitness trackers can rebuild you in style. It&#039;s the battle of the bands! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sports trackers" alt="sports trackers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sports-trackers_0.jpg?1388751489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your New Year's resolution is to get fitter, this is the place to find out how.</p> <p>We strapped on the best wrist trackers on offer and took to the streets to find out once and for all which of them will do the best job of ushering you towards your healthy new lifestyle.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jawbone Up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£100, <a data-cke-saved-href="https://jawbone.com/up" href="https://jawbone.com/up" target="_blank">jawbone.com</a></strong></p> <p><strong>WHAT?</strong> If you’re as interested in fashion as fitness, the Jawbone is the looker of the bunch. It’s also got a really intelligent algorithm for tracking your steps and logging runs, and it’ll even measure your sleep. Its interface uses an audio jack that lets you plug into your phone for a quick sync, battery readout, and change of alarm time or idle vibration alerts – perfect for reminding you to keep active. That’s still more fiddly than the Bluetooth competition, though.</p> <p><strong>GOOD?&nbsp;</strong>Step and run recording is as accurate as you could hope, but what really sets the Up apart is the depth of its sleep tracking. Not only does it track your time with the sandman, it also wakes you up intelligently so you rise more naturally and refreshed. Then there’s the brilliant power nap mode, which knows when you nod off and gives you 45 minutes of shuteye so you awake alert. While connectivity could be better, the lack of Bluetooth does extend battery life to a solid ten days.</p> <p><strong>SOFTWARE:</strong>&nbsp;From your data Up offers extra info. Not sleeping well? The app will give you tips on diet to help your kip. Plus you can record everything you eat on the Up app for a more rounded health view, or sync to MyFitnessPal, which has a far more substantial food tracker.</p> <p><strong>WORKS WITH:&nbsp;</strong>iOS, Android, PC and Mac.</p> <p><strong>VERDICT:&nbsp;</strong>Top looking smart-wrist-kit that’ll not only keep you active but help you sleep better too. Five stars.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone Up" alt="Jawbone Up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jawbone-up-colours.jpg?1388751489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone Up" alt="Jawbone Up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Jawbone-up-software.jpg?1388751489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Flex </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£80, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.fitbit.com/uk/flex" href="http://www.fitbit.com/uk/flex" target="_blank">fitbit.com</a></strong></p> <p><strong>WHAT?</strong> We've never seen so much tech crammed into such a small form. The Flex is a large pill-sized sensor that slips into a comfy, strong rubberised wrist strap. It packs in - deep breath - Bluetooth 4.0 to feed your phone live tracking info, NFC to activate the mobile app at a touch, an accelerometer for measurements, a week-long battery, a vibrating motor, and a five-light display. Phew. Plus it comes from market-leading step counter Fitbit – whose step-tracking algorithm is ultra-accurate. It's also the cheapest of the lot.</p> <p><strong>GOOD?</strong> Live tracking your steps on your mobile as you walk will certainly make you feel good, and whether on your phone or a computer you can set goals for distance, steps or calories. Five white lights, each representing twenty per cent, alert you – at a tap – to your progress. It'll track your sleep and silently wake you up, too, although not as intelligently as the Jawbone. But considering the price the only real complaint we have is that Android support is so far patchy at best. The Flex is a cracking iPhone companion, though.</p> <p><strong>SOFTWARE:</strong>&nbsp;Compatibility with other apps isn’t as broad as with Jawbone, but MapMyRun and MyFitnessPal are onboard.</p> <p><strong>WORKS WITH:</strong>&nbsp;iOS, Android, PC and Mac.</p> <p><strong>VERDICT:</strong> Good gadgets do come in small packages, and being the cheapest of the bunch hasn’t stopped the Flex brilliant. Five stars.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-flex_0.jpg?1388751489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-flex-colours.jpg?1388751489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nike+ FuelBand </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>£130, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://store.nike.com/gb/en_gb/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-300/pid-693280/pgid-683903" href="http://store.nike.com/gb/en_gb/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-300/pid-693280/pgid-683903" target="_blank">store.nike.com</a></strong></p> <p><strong>WHAT?</strong> The trailblazer in wrist-worn step trackers, the FuelBand’s engineered to perfection, offering strength, comfort, looks and functionality while making you feel like you're in an eighties-imagined future with its LED display. Yup, it tells the time, too – who’d have thought that could be so handy? A row of coloured lights show your goal while the screen illuminates calories burned, steps taken and Nike Fuel points attained. All this can also be displayed beautifully – and live – on your Nike+ mobile app.</p> <p><strong>GOOD? </strong>While this has been around a long while and accelerometer tech isn't new to Nike, it still feels the easiest to fool. And while Nike Fuel offers a way to motivate yourself through community competition, we felt more rewarded by real world data like steps and calories. You can pull Nike+ Running app data into your profile but it's not as all-encompassing as the open platform app offerings of the other two. Bluetooth mobile connectivity and live tracking work well but it is, and probably always will be, iOS only. With a price tag way higher than the others it's really the brand you're paying extra for.</p> <p><strong>SOFTWARE:</strong>&nbsp;You can receive achievements and awards to help motivate you to go above and beyond.</p> <p><strong>WORKS WITH:</strong> iOS, PC and Mac.</p> <p><strong>VERDICT:&nbsp;</strong>Engineered to perfection and looking great the FuelBand is close to perfect – if only it were cheaper. Four stars.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand" alt="Nike+ FuelBand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nike-fuelbands.jpg?1388751489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nike+ FuelBand" alt="Nike+ FuelBand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NikeFuelband-iPhone-5.jpg?1388751489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Fitbit Jawbone Nike Wearable tech Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:20:33 +0000 Luke Edwards 1425419 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung's monster TV, Android comes to the car, and the intelligent cat companion http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-lgs-monster-tv-goes-sale/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While you&#039;re still in a haze from the last of the turkey sandwiches, here&#039;s Stuff&#039;s last morning briefing of the year to keep you up to date with all the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1105" height="640" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/_110%ED%98%95-UHD-TV-%EC%B6%9C%EC%8B%9C11.jpg?1388713561" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 110 inches of Ultra HD goodness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&#39;s massive TV is set to go on sale on Monday, coincidentally the press day for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/ces-and-beyond-ten-tech-trends-will-define-2014/feature">CES, the Las Vegas gadget-fest</a>.</p> <p>The enormous TV is 8.5 feet (2.6m) wide and 5.9 feet (1.8m), so it might be worth checking out if your living room can take its Ultra HD goodness before the weekend.</p> <p>We don&#39;t yet have a price for the mega-TV, but we figure if you have to ask, you probably can&#39;t afford it, with estimates around the US$150,00 mark.</p> <p>Samsung boasts it&#39;s &#39;the size of a king size bed&#39;, and has an 8 million pixel UHD panel - but won&#39;t reveal anything else until CES.</p> <p>Look out for all the Latest from CES from Stuff next week, with LG kicking off proceedings on Monday, following later in the day by Samsung, where we are hoping to get eyes on with this beast, alongside its smaller, 105inch curved OLED sibling.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://samsungtomorrow.com/%EC%82%BC%EC%84%B1%EC%A0%84%EC%9E%90-%EC%84%B8%EA%B3%84-%EC%B5%9C%EB%8C%80-110%ED%98%95-uhd-tv-%EA%B8%80%EB%A1%9C%EB%B2%8C-%EC%B6%9C%EC%8B%9C">Samsung</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android invades the car </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Siri on the steering wheel just doesn&#39;t do it for you, Audi may have the answer.</p> <p>If the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, it is set to announce Android integration for its cars at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/ces-and-beyond-ten-tech-trends-will-define-2014/feature">CES</a> next week.</p> <p>It&#39;s not the first time we&#39;ve seen in-car Android, with Parrot having released an Android radio, but we expect Audi to unveil a pretty slick integration system bringing the best bits of Android to your car&#39;s centre console.</p> <p>Audi has already built some Google navigation into its cars, so the partnership isn&#39;t totally unexpected. It also showed off self parking cars at last year&#39;s CEs, so perhaps a Google announcement will go further than just in-car audio.</p> <p>Google is also believed to be working with Nvidia to create graphics chipsets suited for in car use, so expect to see and hear a lot more about in-car Android next week.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304591604579288670734733740-lMyQjAxMTAzMDIwOTEyNDkyWj">Wall Street Journal</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZAHaJQFab1A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The rolling robo-egg for your cat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You never realised your cat needed a robotic pal? Shame on you.</p> <p>Luckily, Kickstarter has come to the rescue yet again, with Egg, a cheap &pound;25 &#39;smart egg&#39; that its inventor claims can keep felines &#39;endlessly amused&#39;.</p> <p>It&#39;s a pretty simply gadget, the gears and motors inside allowing it to roll about and drive your cat mad.</p> <p>Sensors allow it to move round obstacles, and even go bonkers when it senses your cat (or lonely flatmate) is playing with it.</p> <p>It can even detect what type of floor you&#39;re on, and alter its movement accordingly.</p> <p>It&#39;s recharged via a USB cable, and is set to go intro production next year if it reaches its goal.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1046165765/egg-the-intelligent-cat-companion?">Kickstarter</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="700" height="590" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/58fa5d7d9d08df367561e16130bf9edc_large.jpg?1388713561" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="700" height="394" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/56a69c1e3dbd11b710661b84b645a842_large.jpg?1388713561" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit finds the 5S </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fitbit has a neat trick in the latest version of its tracking app - support for the iPhone 5s&#39;s built in motion tracker, the M7.</p> <p>&quot;The Fitbit app now features MobileTrack which offers basic Fitbit activity tracking directly using your iPhone 5s,&#39; the firm says.</p> <p>While on the surface it might seem an odd idea to let users get around buying one of its tracking bands, we think it&#39;s a pretty smart move, tying fitness fans into the Fitbit ecosystem, and making them pretty likely to upgrade to get the sleep tracking and other features of a wristband.</p> <p>Source: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fitbit/id462638897?mt=8&amp;affId=1503186&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">App Store</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="547" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/simple.b-dis-jpg.hecd213cfe2ca52cc900c6a202cfdd1bb.jpeg?1388713561" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-lgs-monster-tv-goes-sale/news#comments Android CES 2014 Fitbit Google Office Cat Samsung TVs Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:24:28 +0000 Mark Prigg 1430545 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Fitbit Flex is our Fitness Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-fitness-gadgets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Of the gadgets that got our hearts beating over the past year, the simple activity tracker proved the standout performer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-flex-winner.jpg?1386829782" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With eating season right around the corner, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. After all, who wants to go on a 10k run with half a tub of Quality Street sloshing away in their insides?</p> <p>We&#39;ve prepared ourselves for the December food-fest by testing out the latest and greatest fitness gadgets over the past year. Of the six worthy contenders, wearable activity tracker the Fitbit Flex ended up topping the podium. Find out why it bagged gold below.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Fitbit Flex (£80) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each of the Flex&#39;s LED lights represent 20% of your goal, and whether that&#39;s 10,000 steps or 20km, it&#39;s nice to get a little encouragement while you&#39;re huffing and puffing away. Wireless syncing means that you can track your stats in real time on both your PC and smartphone, too, while your friends can laugh or praise your stats, depending on how well you&#39;re doing (or how mean they are).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="852" height="639" title="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-flex_1.jpg?1386829782" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Withings Pulse (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pulse is a fitness tracker which records your steps, activity and sleep, but it's got an extra trick up its sleeve too. Pressing your finger against it back gives you a heart rate reading, letting you know if you're pushing yourself too hard, or not enough. Ideal for Jason Statham-like Crank scenarios.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1248" height="936" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/withings-pulse.jpg?1386829782" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Suunto Ambit (£280) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Ambit is a fitness watch that looks good enough to leave on when you're done exercising. Its built-in GPS offers route navigation and a 3D compass for those that like wandering off the beaten path, and it measures everything from barometric altitude to recovery time, when paired with its heart rate belt.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1540" height="1160" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/suunto.jpg?1386829782" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Garmin Edge 810 (from £335) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This king of bike navs offers full offline maps and can link up to your phone so that your mates can track your rides in real time. Live weather info and a 17 hour battery life are very welcome additions too. If you get excited about elevation, cadence and lap times, you&#39;ll be in cycling heaven.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="898" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin.jpg?1386829782" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Jawbone UP (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Up tracks your steps, measures how well you sleep, wakes you up with a vibrating alarm and allows you to select from a large list of different exercises from running to weight lifting, and everything in between. Jawbone&#39;s app also lets you record every calorie you swallow (if you can face it), and it&#39;ll last an impressive 10 days per charge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jawbone-up-2_0.jpg?1386829782" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: TomTom Multi-Sport (£180) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No this isn&#39;t a wrist-mounted sat nav, it&#39;s a fitness watch with built-in GPS smarts, meaning you can leave your unwieldy 5in smartphone at home where it belongs while you&#39;re out hammering away through fields, forests and slow-moving pedestrians. The Multi-Sport model supports swimming in addition to running and cycling, and you can upload your progress to TomTom&#39;s MySport&#39;s site to track your improvement.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tomtom-watch_0.jpg?1386829782" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Fitbit Gadget Awards 2013 Wearable tech Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:57:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1429334 at http://www.stuff.tv The Force is with you: Fitbit launches latest tracking band with OLED display http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/force-you-fitbit-launches-latest-tracking-band-oled-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to track your every move and be able to tell the time? Good news - Fitbit&#039;s new Force has a tiny display built in, and can can even tell you when you&#039;ve got a phone call </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="547" title="The Fitbit gets a display" alt="The Fitbit gets a display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/simple.b-dis-jpg.h37c5e2b33bb81230774c1a3f07086576.jpeg?1381483595" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-force-looks-set-fight-galaxy-gear-place-your-wrist/news">After leaking last week</a>, the US$130 gadget officially goes on sale this month, and links to your mobile to display incoming calls, as well as telling you the time at the press of a button.</p> <p>However, the Force is more than just a fitness tracker (according to Fitbit, at least), and has some neat features - for instance, the dinky OLED can show you steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes as well as floors climbed.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch your wrist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's also the most partner-friendly fitness band, boasting a silent alarm that vibrates your wrist until you're up.</p> <p>It can also monitor your sleep, and show you incoming call notifications - if you’re using an iPhone 4S (or more recent iOS gadget).</p> <p>However, Android users haven’t been forgotten entirely, and they can use NFC to launch the fitbit app simply by tapping the band onto your phone.</p> <p>"We are continuously looking for ways to take wireless tracking devices and wearable technologies to the next level, and I feel strongly that Force, with its sophisticated design and instant and easy access to all your daily activity right on your wrist, delivers on the promise of what a next-generation activity tracker should be," said James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit.</p> <p>The firm has also given its app a major overhaul, redesigning it for iOS 7 and adding in support for the new bands, making it easy to irritate your friends by telling them exactly how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fitbit.com/force" target="_blank">Fitbit</a></p> <p>See our guide to fitness trackers <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-doctor-%E2%80%93-what-sports-tracking-band-should-i-buy/feature" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1Eig_xyVMxY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="547" title="The Force matches perfectly with your bright hoodie" alt="The Force matches perfectly with your bright hoodie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/simple.b-dis-jpg.hff7c3673808673736f5373138b78286b.jpeg?1381483595" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="940" height="547" title="Force time" alt="Force time" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/simple.b-dis-jpg.h8417ccdb9576e398e8d318c3ac2e4653.jpeg?1381483595" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/force-you-fitbit-launches-latest-tracking-band-oled-display/news#comments Fitbit Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:43:02 +0000 Mark Prigg 1427756 at http://www.stuff.tv Fitbit Force is all set to fight the Galaxy Gear for a place on your wrist http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-force-looks-set-fight-galaxy-gear-place-your-wrist/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a new fitness band on the block, and it can tell when you&#039;re being lazy and not taking the stairs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="535" height="401" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-force.jpg?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The list of devices that are battling for a place on your wrist continues to grow: now Fitbit's joining the fray with the Fitbit Force.</p> <p>Leaked to The Verge, the Fitbit Force will join the Flex as a more premium fitness band, with the added bonus of a built-in altimeter for measuring your altitude and a watch.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stairmaster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The altitude sensor means that the Force will be able to detect when you're going up or down stairs, and you can even check how many flights you've traversed during the day.</p> <p>Available in black and blue, The Verge's sources believe that the Fitbit Force will be available for US$130 in small and large variants. What about those of us with medium-sized wrists?</p> <p>The Fitbit Force's natural enemies will be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jawbone-hits-uk-shelves-alongside-new-android-app/news">Jawbone UP</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nike-fuelband-watches-your-every-move/news">Nike Fuelband</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imagecache/teaser_image/images/news/DSCN3171.JPG" target="_blank">Galaxy Gear</a>, all of which rack up your steps and track your fitness, and we're looking forward to see how it fares against its rivals. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4794088/this-is-the-fitbit-force-a-smarter-fitness-tracking-watch">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="492" height="369" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-close.png?1381309850" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Force unveiled </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-force-looks-set-fight-galaxy-gear-place-your-wrist/news#comments Fitbit Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:16:31 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427378 at http://www.stuff.tv Fitbit Ultra http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-ultra/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hook this fitness gadget onto your jeans pocket and the Ultra promises to get you moving. Can it work on the most sloth-like of gadgeteers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="328" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-ultra_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="735" height="440" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-ultra-review-2_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="735" height="440" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fibit-ultra-review-3_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £80.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Ultra review – intro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pedometers. All the rage these days. In fact, there are so many around it's easy to wonder whether the latest Fitbit can justify the comparatively hefty £80 price attached to it, especially as it looks so simple and small. But the devil, as they say, is in the detail, and the Fitbit Ultra is more detailed than ever before. Can it motivate you to become a dedicated step-counter?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="367" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-ultra-review-syncing_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Ultra review – setting up and syncing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Setting up your Fitbit Ultra involves registering on the Fitbit site, plugging the charging dock into your computer via USB, and downloading a dinky bit of software. After that, the Ultra will automatically sync with the site when it's within 15 feet of the base station. Leave it hooked up on your desk and when you take your seat in the morning all of the synchronisation jiggery pokery will be done for you.</p> <p>To charge up the battery you have to attach the "Tracker" to the dock, but battery life is generally very good and it should last the best part of a week before it needs to be juiced-up.</p> <p>Once charged you just need to decide where to clip the Ultra – at the top of your jeans/shorts/leggings/tights is the best spot, and it comes with a holster to keep it in place. Not everyone wants to display their (in)activity on a sci-fi style bracelet like the<a href="/news/life-etc/news-nugget/nike-fuelband-watches-your-every-move"> Nike+ Fuelband</a> after all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-ultra-review-hands-on_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Ultra review – the device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With just one button to press the Ultra itself is the essence of minimal, but somehow this wonder-tracker keeps note of steps taken, distance travelled, stairs climbed (thanks to an altimeter) and calories burned.</p> <p>Press the button to see your stats for the day and a flower that grows the more you move and hyper-enthusiastic messages like 'Rock on'. It might sound cheesy but it's seriously adictive - before long you'll be experiencing genuine annoyance whenever you climb stairs without the Fitbit to monitor it and add it to your progress.</p> <p>The distance measurements aren't as accurate as a (more expensive) GPS watch so if you're training for a half-marathon or really need to keep an eye on your running times, this isn't the gadget for you. In fact, we got the feeling the Ultra claimed we'd walked farther than we had most days but overall it should be about right.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="372" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-ultra-review-screenshot_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Ultra review – apps and results </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can view your latest synced stats online or via the<a href="http://www.fitbit.com/product/mobile/iphone"> free iPhone and Android apps</a>.&nbsp;If you want to look at the week or month as a whole it's easy to do so, and Fitbit will give you badges for meeting (fairly easy) targets. It's all very colourful and friendly and if you want to go the whole hog you can log your sleeping sessions (there's an included wristband for nighttime tracking) and food and water consumption too.</p> <p>For personalised goal settings, you'll need to upgrade to Fitbit's paid-for Premium plan, which seems a bit stingy since you've already forked out £80, but at least there's a free one-week trial so that you can decide if it'll be worth it to you. And if Fitbit's own life-tracking isn't enough for you, you can use the Ultra with other fitness apps such as Endomondo and Microsoft HealthVault.</p> <p>Posting to social networks – like tweeting how many miles you've done that day – can be set up quickly and easily, but if you want to keep things private, make sure to turn everything off in settings before you begin.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="354" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fitbit-ultra-review-device_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Ultra review – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Simply attaching this little gadget to your belt will be all the motivation needed for many people to utliize foot power rather than horse power for the regular trip to the shops, and for them the Fitbit Ultra will quickly pay for itself as well as get you a little bit fitter. True, if you're seriously attached to your bad habits this isn't going to help, but for those looking to make a change the Ultra is a very useful helping hand.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A life-tracking shaker-upperer of lazy habits</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/fitbit-ultra </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-ultra/review#comments Fitbit Sport Ultra Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:36:30 +0000 Sophie Charara 423109 at http://www.stuff.tv