I got my hands on the new Fitbits

Ryan Todd Lloyd, DCSan Francisco Public Health

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The new Fitbit ChargeHR (band) and FitBit Surge (Smart Watch) have just been announced this morning. A patient of Dr. Luck’s came by with some samples today.

Here are some pics:


Some kind of timer function. I tried to flip through different functions to see what it could do.


Both devices from Fitbit. Both were probably pre-productoin units as they are not available to purchase at the time of this writing.


The business end of the Surge. Here you can see the LEDs that measure your pulse rate. Along with pulse, the watch contains GPS as well as a barometer to accurately measure your altitude and the small differences in altitude as you go along.

I like working in the hub of the tech universe here at Rincon Chiropractic. As I was working on a project, I overheard a patient say, “Our company made an announcement this morning, and now that the word is out, I can show off these new gadgets.” Of course, hearing a sentence like that, my ears perked up, and I had to take a look. It’s the newFitbits! I just spent my BART ride this morning reading about them, and here they are in the flesh.

The Surge is the latest in smart¬†watches. It might not be as comprehensive as Apple’s Watch, but it delivers on what Fitbit is known for plus more.

The Surge offers:

  • GPS Tracking in concert with a barometer (for minute changes in elevation.)
  • Heart rate monitoring.
  • Being a wearable, it records “all day activity.”
  • There are different settings for different sports.
  • There are notifications and music listing when you pair it with your phone.
  • Alarms
  • Wireless syncing with your phone.

The features built in to the Surge are mostly engineered with runners in mind, but the engineer that I talked to uses his a lot for hiking. Since I’m more of a hiker than a runner, I liked this idea. When I use hiking apps on my phone, I’m usually quickly draining my battery, even with iPhone’s M7 motion chip.

The Surge comes in small, large, and X-large. Small fits wrists 5.5″-6/7″. Large¬†fits wrists 6.3″-7.9″. X-large fits 7.3″-9.1″. It includes a USB charging cable and a wireless sync dongle.

Todd Lloyd, DC
chiropractor in San Francisco

Ryan Todd Lloyd, DC

I'm a chiropractor who specializes in correcting and relieving back and neck disorders. I have found that when you increase the mobility of your spine and joints with chiropractic care and follow up with this with improving muscle coordination with targeted exercises,then improving your function will also improve your pain.