Fitbit announce next generation Fitbit Alta HR with optical heart rate tracker

Fitbit has announced a new Alta midrange fitness tracker, and has upgraded the range with a new built-in optical heart rate tracker which offers real-time heart rate measurements throughout the day, which helps you efficiently measure the calories your calorie burn.

The heart rate tracker also bring support for Sleep Stages tracking and Sleep Insights, which help you set goals for a more healthier rest.

A Sleep Insights (coming in March to all compatible Fitbits) combines sleep data with your diet and fitness patterns to make suggestions, for example exercising more to secure more sleep. If you sleep soundly after night runs, for example, the Fitbit app will recommend doing that more often. Insights work with every Fitbit device that supports sleep tracking, which includes the entire lineup outside of the Zip.

The Alta HR supports 7 days on a single charge, which is longer than the original Alta, an always welcome improvement, and supports such niceties as automatic activity tracking.

The device will be available in early April for around $150, with a wide variety of different replaceable straps.

See Fitbit’s device presentation video below:

Fitbit is currently testing notification support for their tracker and Windows 10 Mobile, which would finally bring our devices on par with other mobile operating systems, and make the devices an excellent choice for Windows Phone users.

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