FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE−Warning: Fitbit Heart Rate Monitors Not Coming Close to “Counting Every Beat”

New Testing Confirms Fitbit’s PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitors “Highly Inaccurate”

New Independent Study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine Confirms the Significant Inaccuracy of the Heart Rate Monitors Made by Fitbit, Self-Proclaimed “Digital Healthcare Company”

April 11, 2017–San Francisco–Researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa announced the results of new independent testing on a selection of wearable heart rate monitors, confirming findings in previous studies that the PurePulse™ technology used in Fitbit’s popular fitness trackers is wildly inaccurate during moderate and high-intensity exercise. [Read more…]

Fitbit Trackers Still Don’t Match Real Medical Measuring Devices

Media Attention Focuses on New Fitbit Heart Rate Accuracy Study Confirming Significant Inaccuracies in Device Data

As reported by CNN, while a new study comparing wearable fitness trackers including the Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Charge indicates that such devices perform “reasonably well” at measuring some heart rates, the devices still don’t compare to tracking equipment used in doctors’ offices and hospitals. The LA Times was even more clearcut in its article, “Your Fitness Tracker Can Count Your Steps, But It’s Not That Good At Monitoring Your Heart Rate.” While some say they are “accurate enough” for most consumers, the new study aligns with previous ones indicating that the Fitbit devices do not consistently record accurate heart rates during the intense kinds of physical activity for which Fitbit expressly markets the devices in widespread advertising. [Read more…]

Widespread Media Attention Focuses on New Fitbit Heart Rate Accuracy Study Confirming Significant Inaccuracies in Device Data

Media Attention Focuses on New Fitbit Heart Rate Accuracy Study Confirming Significant Inaccuracies in Device Data

Numerous news outlets such as CNBC, Forbes, CNN, Inquisitr, The Register, and Gizmodo have been reporting on the recent Fitbit heart rate accuracy study, which claims that several of the newest models of the popular fitness tracker devices are “highly inaccurate” when it comes to measuring active heart rates. The study discovered that the devices were off by an average of 20 beats per minute during moderate- to high-intensity exercise.  [Read more…]

Independent Study Confirms Inaccuracy of Fitbit Heart Monitors

Independent Study Confirms Inaccuracy of Fitbit Heart Monitors

Is your fitness tracker really giving you accurate data – or just telling you what you want to hear? An independent news station WTHR in Indiana decided to test for itself. And the results confirm allegations from the recent Fitbit heart rate monitor fraud lawsuit. As WTHR puts it, “While the devices are sometimes on target, our test results show all of the activity trackers reported questionable calculations that are vastly inaccurate and, in some cases, even potentially dangerous to your health.”

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Consumers File Nationwide Fraud Class Action Against Fitbit, Inc.

Consumers File Nationwide Fraud Class Action Against Fitbit

San Francisco, California, January 5, 2016 — Consumers from California, Colorado, and Wisconsin today filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) alleging that Fitbit’s wrist-based “Charge HR” and “Surge” heart rate monitors do not and cannot consistently record accurate heart rates during the intense physical activity for which Fitbit expressly markets the devices in widespread advertising. The suit contends — and expert testing confirms — that the Heart Rate Monitors consistently mis-record heart rates by a significant margin, particularly during intense exercise. Not only are accurate heart readings important for those engaging in fitness, they can be critical to the health and well-being of people whose medical conditions require them to maintain (or not exceed) a certain heart rate. [Read more…]