Your Fitbit data could help advance scientific research. Fitbit and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Wednesday launched an initiative called the Fitbit Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) project. It's the first digital health technology initiative for the All of Us Research Program, a precision medicine study hoping to improve the prevention and treatment of disease "based on individual differences in lifestyle, environment and genetics." All of Us, which launched nationwide in May 2018, hopes to enroll at least one million participants. Fitbit users currently enrolled in All of Us can opt to sync their Fitbit accounts to help researchers gain insights into the relationships between indicators like physical activity, heart rate, sleep and health outcomes. The incorporation of that data could help build a diverse data set for research. Participants will be invited to share health information through surveys, electronic health records, physical measurements, biosamples … [Read more...] about Fitbit, NIH launch initiative to advance precision medicine study
Mike Glenn thought something was wrong with his Fitbit. The 34-year-old was camping in Wyoming in May when he started having trouble breathing. He felt fine overall, but his left shoulder began to ache and he broke out in a sweat. "It's probably just a chest cold," Glenn thought. But his Fitbit Ionic seemed to be going crazy. His heart rate was 40 -- about half its normal rate. "That can't be right," Glenn thought. He took off the smartwatch, cleaned it and put it back on his wrist. It still flashed 40. Glenn's wife, a nurse, pressed her head against his chest and listened. She told him they needed to get to a hospital. Immediately. Glenn was having a heart attack. His right coronary artery was completely blocked, and his central artery was 80 percent blocked. He would later learn that as a diabetic, nerve damage associated with the condition had dulled his senses, which is why he hadn't felt a common symptom of heart attacks: chest pain."If I didn't have my Fitbit on, I don't know if … [Read more...] about Fitbit, Apple Watch could bring new era of health monitoring
Measuring your activity and comparing with friends is great motivation. But you cant really bank on trackers being 100 percent accurate. Bruce Gifford / Getty Images James Brickman bought a Fitbit Flex in 2013. Two years later, he was behind a class-action lawsuit filed against the company because the device didn't measure sleep data as promised, and was inaccurate by as much as 67 minutes per night. The company asserts that the lawsuit is meritless; litigation is ongoing. It wouldn't be the first time fitness trackers would be found to be less than perfect. Fitness trackers typically log active minutes, calories consumed and burned, duration and intensity of exercise, sleep habits, stairs climbed and steps taken. Some trackers sync with other devices, such as the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, or with apps, such as Endomondo. Of all that collected data, health and fitness-related information is what's most important to consumers. Seventy-seven percent of consumers want a wearable … [Read more...] about Is This Why Your Buddy Is Always No. 1 on Fitbit?
Just clip it on and go. The FitBit tracks much of your physical activity and integrates with software that encourages you to be more and more active. Courtesy FitBit When it comes to motivating people to work out, Richard Simmons has nothing on FitBit. FitBit is a physical activity tracker designed to help you become more active, eat a more well-rounded diet, sleep better and ultimately, turn you into a healthier human being. And it does it all without subjecting you to Simmons or his maniacal grin. The FitBit was introduced in 2008 by co-founders Eric Friedman and James Park in San Francisco. In short, it's a 21st-century pedometer. The equipment is deceptively simple. About the size of a clothes pin, the FitBit is shaped like a clip, which you can easily slide into your pants pocket or onto a bra strap, as it's only around 2 inches (5 centimeters) long and about half an inch (1.2 centimeters) thick. Throughout the day, FitBit logs a range of data about your activities, … [Read more...] about How FitBit Works
One study showed a third of all users of fitness trackers stopped using them after six months. Guillermo Murcia/Getty Images Did you buy or get a fitness tracker last year? Are you still wearing it? There's a good chance the answer is no. More than 78 million wearable device trackers were sold in 2015 alone. But a third of all users ditch them after six months, according to one study. So why is the abandonment rate so high? Researchers at the University of Washington say the answer often lies in how the data collected by the devices — which monitor things like the distance you walk or the amount of sleep you get each day — is displayed and framed. The university's researchers surveyed 141 former Fitbit users and identified three common usage patterns: short (less than four months), long and consistent (at least five months), and intermittent (periods of use separated by at least 30 days). Next, they showed the former users seven different visualizations … [Read more...] about So This Might Be Why You Ditched Your Fitbit