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Flyfit, An Accurate Tracking Fitness Band For Your Ankle, Not Wrist

by on February 23, 2014
 

Flyfit, a Kickstarter project, able to record other aspects of your daily activity — your steps, your sleep cycle. It will also connect with your phone via Bluetooth, allowing the device to track pace, speed and your GPS position, all in real time.

The San Francisco-based company is currently looking to raise $90,000 via Kickstarter before March 25 in order to fund the project. At the time of writing, shortly after opening the project to the public, it had reached over $70,000 of that target.

Flyfit is one of the latest entrants to the wearable tech market, but its creators want to differentiate by focusing specifically on measuring different leg movements for cycling, swimming, running, or stair climbing. Plus, it will appeal to people who dislike wristbands, which are meant to be worn all day, but tend to get in the way while typing, irritate your skin, or snag on sleeves.

Like other smartbands, the Flyfit will work on both iOS and Android (Kit Kat and above), uses Bluetooth LE to save on battery life, and tracks all sorts of things (running, stairs, biking, and swimming) to help you reach fitness goals. The Flyfit comes in five colors, starts at $99, and may be better for biking or swimming since it actually tracks leg movement, unlike wristbands.

Flyfit app

Flyfit doesn’t show any stats on the device itself, but a companion app will provide a detailed readout of your activity in real-time.

Flyfit band

As you can see in the image above, the FlyFit also purports to track your sleeping. Given that most of the research into guesstimating sleep patterns based on body movement is based on wrist-worn devices, one can only suspect that the FlyFit might tend to be less accurate in the bed department. But in my experience, the other fitness trackers tend to be pretty inventive when it comes to recording your sleep, so who cares if this one is worse? They’re all unreliable.

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