Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Fitbit’s New Health Tracker Is Only Available Through Employers And Health Insurers

Fitbit’s New Health Tracker Is Only Available Through Employers And Health Insurers

This means that individual users can't buy it in stores or through Fitbit's website, as it should be issued to them by their employers or insurance companies.

The more advanced version named Fitbit Inspire HR has additional features such as exercise modes, pace, and distance tracking, cardio fitness levels, 24/7 heart rate tracking, and sleep stages monitoring and come in the color options of black, white/black and lilac.

As their names suggest, the Inspire HR features a heart rate monitor, while the stock Inspire lacks this feature. While there's no price listed, TechCrunch reports its Fitbit's cheapest tracker yet. The Fitbit Inspire HR can also track sleep stages (light, deep, REM) and can record real-time pace and distance via your smartphone's Global Positioning System. It also has a claimed battery life of up to 5 days and is available in two colour variants: black and sangria. A clip accessory is sold separately.

"These special release trackers are available exclusively through Fitbit corporate, wellness, health plan, and health systems partners and customers of their organizations, participants, and members".

Pricing on fitness trackers can not be raised all that much without pushing them into smartwatch territory, an area that is notoriously hard to thrive in. Following the company's return to profitability previous year, the goal of expanding their corporate deals is likely a smart one, with consumers becoming more interested in full-fledged smartwatches with health features, and less with simpler fitness trackers.

Apart from the leaked images and the fact that the device is aimed at kids, there's no more information available about this fitness tracker at this time.

Both however feature sleep, calories, steps and other trackers.

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