Another day another fitness tracker, but what does this one do differently? Making yourself stand out from the pack is the key to success in the current wearable game, as there sure is a lot of competition out there at the moment. Fly Fit does it, by attaching to your ankle, instead of your wrist.
Yes indeed, Fly Fit connects to the wearers’s ankle which tells you right off the bat, that’s its not a device you’re supposed to look at mid-exercise. Unlike some fitness bands which come with a display or indicator, the Fly Fit, is exclusively something that correlates your informatioin on your smartphone. However the placement isn’t arbitrary, as it means that the Fly Fit can detect things a wrist mounted device can’t, such as cycling motion and swimming leg kicks.
Like other fitness bands or body trackers, the Fly Fit can do a lot more than just count your calories and distance though. It’s also able too take into account different movements like climbing up steps, how fast those steps are being taken, bike speed and pedal cycles and even your RPM cadence while you ride.
The band itself is totally waterproof, so you can swim with it on to your heart’s content.
In terms of connectivity, the Fly Fit users bluetooth 4.0, so doesn’t use much energy for its data transfer and therefore it has plenty of battery life. In an ideal scenario, the band can last up to seven days without the synchronisation on, or as much as eight hours with it activated.
The Fly Fit was successfully funded on Kickstarter earlier this year, with adopters getting the chance to pre-order one for $89. The final price is yet to be determined, but is expected to be around $130 (£76) when released later this year.
The only real drawback I can deduce from the Fly Fit at the moment, is that it’s not available. Of course the longer it takes to release, the more crowded the market gets and the less chance it has to thrive. Hopefully we’ll see it hit the shelves soon.
The Fly Fit seems placed to stand out enough to make a splash on the wearable scene. The fact that it works with a variety of activities, including swimming and is able to track a lot of extra information should give it a fair shout of becoming popular. The fact that its price will be under £100 is important as well.