Fitbit’s Flex activity & sleep tracking wristband is now available for purchase
Fitbit has started shipping the latest addition to its popular line of wearable fitness tracking devices, the Fitbit Flex. First announced at this year’s CES, the Flex is Fitbit’s first wrist-worn device and appears to be its answer to devices like the Jawbone UP and Nike FuelBand.
Fitbit’s Flex activity and sleep tracking wristband offers most of the features you’ll find on previous Fitbit devices like the Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip, but in a bracelet form-factor. The slim and stylish device is meant to be with you at all times, allowing it to monitor how active you are during the day and how much sleep you get at night. Stats collected during the day include steps taken, total distance traveled, time spent being active and calories burned. When it’s time for bed, switch the Flex to sleep mode and it will track how long it took for you to fall asleep, how many hours of sleep you got, and how often you woke up in the middle of the night. All of that collected data can be wirelessly synced via Bluetooth 4.0 to your PC, the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and select Android smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Other features of the Fitbit Flex include NFC for pairing with supported mobile devices, integration with many popular health and fitness apps, and interchangeable bands to match your mood or personality.
The Fitbit Flex is available from Fitbit.com and major retailers for $99, but you might want to act fast if you’re looking to put a Flex on your wrist anytime soon. The stores in my area sold out of the Fitbit Flex almost as soon as they arrived and Fitbit’s own website is showing a back-order wait of 4 to 6 weeks.