It must be Fitbit day at The Gadgeteer because earlier this morning Janet showed us a fancy ladies pendant and bracelet holder for the Fitbit Flex activity tracker and now I am going to tell you about three brand new trackers that were announced earlier today. The Charge, Charge HR and Surge are the latest additions to the Fitbit family of fitness trackers. The Charge and Charge HR look almost identical but the HR version features the PurePulse Optical Heart Rate technology which gives a continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking that helps provide more accurate calorie burn info. Both the Charge and Charge HR also track steps, stairs climbed, sleep and show incoming calls from your paired smartphone. The Charge is available right now in four different colors for $129.95, the Charge HR will be available in 2015 for $149.95.
The new Fitbit tracker that I’m most interested in from today’s announcement is the Surge. The Surge tracks all the same features as the Charge, but it is being touted as a fitness super watch because it has GPS for stats like pace, distance, elevation, split times, route history and workout summaries. This fitness watch also features continuous wrist-based heart rate, all-day fitness tracking and smartwatch functionality. It has a large backlit touch screen that displays fitness info along with caller ID and text message alerts. The Surge can even be used as a mobile music controller for your smartphone and will run up to 7 days per charge. The Fitbit Surge will be priced at $249.95 and will be available in early 2015. Visit Fitbit.com for all the details.