Fitbit smartwatch renders suggest use of new sensors for oxygen monitoring

The Fitbit smartwatch could make its debut sometime later this year.


Fitbit is expected to venture into the smartwatch category after flourishing in the fitness tracker business. The smartwatch is likely to show up sometime later this year. While we have come across some renders in the past, the latest set of images showcase the upcoming device from all angles.

Based on the renders obtained by Wareable, the Fitbit smartwatch will be available in three base color variants, including, silver case with navy strap, rose gold case with blue strap, and a darker case with a black strap. The device will share some design elements with the Fitbit Blaze fitness watch with the physical buttons on the sides. However, the base of the watch appears slightly protruded for sensor positioning.Fitbit-smartwatch-01Although the design language of the smartwatch is similar to the existing smartwatches in the market, the key difference lies in type of sensors crammed into the little wearable. If the renders are anything go by, the Fitbit smartwatch could possibly include a pulse oximeter for measuring oxygen levels in the blood. The renders showcase two red lights at the base of the watch. ALSO READ: 5 things to keep in mind when buying a fitness tracker

Traditionally, the optical sensors for tracking heart rate are in green. The use of red sensors could also suggest the use of red light technology to get a more accurate heart rate, heart rate variability or other such physiological parameters. The explanation for this, as mentioned in the report, is that blood being red in color absorbs green light and reflects red light. This is the reason why most trackers use green light to measure heart rate. However, red light technology can penetrate deeper and open up channels for new biometrics and potentially aid in more accurate heart rate measurements. Other features of the smartwatch include GPS and water-resistance up to 50 meter.

One of the widely spread rumors about the Fitbit smartwatch is that it will stand in competition with the premium Apple Watch. To do so, it will put together features from the Charge 2 along with apps, which the company is rumored to be struggling with. In addition to the Apple Watch, the Fitbit smartwatch is also likely to go against Garmin, which is expected to soon launch its Vivoactive 3 fitness smartwatch. Fitbit has said that the development of the smartwatch is on track, and it will be available for the holiday season. ALSO READ: Fitbit quarter revenue declines to $353.3 million; reveals tentative launch date of next smartwatch

  • Published Date: August 11, 2017 11:12 AM IST