There are many fitness trackers on the market, but they tend to offer limited functions, have a short battery life and lack a display. Smartwatches tend to offer more features, but don’t necessarily do a great job with any specific feature. The number of environment trackers is also growing, but those devices tend to offer no additional features.
Fitti Guard is a health-focused smartwatch that monitors fitness and environmental factors including UV exposure. It features a total of 10 sensors, including UV, noise, air quality, humidity and radioactivity. Users get immediate alerts and helpful advice if their individual levels or dose rates for polluted air, noise nuisance, sunlight or even radioactivity are exceeded.
The device monitors heart rate using a photoplethysmogram sensor, with technology based on the Philips technology widely used in activity wrist bands including the Mio. Fitti Guard also tells users what their sleep quality was like the night before. Its integrated low-power GPS receiver can precisely tag the user’s environmental records and track their runs. It has a 21-day battery life.
Fitti Guard connects to smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy and the accompanying Android and iOS app gives users full control over their daily activities and exposure to potentially harmful environmental conditions. It also syncs with the Apple Health app.
The device ships in December at future pricing of $249, but Kickstarter backers can get one for a pledge starting at about $189 for early birds. Its makers hope to raise $167,907 by May 29.
There are too many similar devices — including the Pebble Time smartwatch, Mira fitness wearable and TZOA wearable environment tracker — for Fitti Guard to be a sure thing. But its strong combination of fitness tracker and environment-sensing features makes it potentially appealing to consumers looking for a smartwatch with the best functions of fitness and environment trackers.