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Fitbit update adds automatic exercise recognition feature

by Todd Haselton | November 23, 2015November 23, 2015 4:00 pm PST

Fitbit on Thursday announced a new update for its Charge HR and Surge HR fitness trackers that allows both to automatically begin tracking a workout with a new SmartTrack feature.

SmartTrack can detect continuous movement and can predict what kind of exercise you’re performing in an effort to deliver an accurate workout summary. The new feature can distinguish between elliptical machines, outdoor biking, running, walking and various aerobics exercises, Fitbit explained. The feature won’t activate if you don’t want it to, or you can set it to only activate for some activities, like when you jump on the bike for a quick ride to the doughnut shop.

Fitbit says its update should also improve the PurePulse heart rate tracking technology that’s built into its wearables, which means you should have a more accurate reading of your heart rate and trends as your heart rate changes throughout exercise routines.

Surge and Charge HR users should find the update today.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...