Now that the FitBit has lost some of its credibility in the heart rate monitoring game, it looks like the doors have been opened for new competitors to stake their claim in the burgeoning wearables market. Leading the pack in this ongoing race appears to be FitPal, which promises to be “a different kind of wearable.” You won’t find this pal on your wrist, around your neck, or in any of the other predictable locales other devices have favored — rather, the FitPal is a patch that adheres directly to your skin, giving you the potential to unlock the most precise and comprehensive data on the market.
This impressive piece of technology monitors a number of health aspects that are all crucial to your overall wellbeing. The four main focuses include step count, heart rate, sleep quality, and distance walked — but it’s not enough to simply track raw numbers, the FitPal team notes. Rather, “each heartbeat [should] give an in-depth explanation about what is really going on.” And that’s what their wearable seeks to do.
Indeed, alongside the wearable itself is “a complete and comprehensive Fitness, Health and Wellness platform.” Heralded as the most robust 24/7 heart rate wearable, the FitPal measures you heart rate variability, which helps provide the wearer with a clear, quantifiable picture of his or her Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). And because the ANS is “responsible for the health and operation of every organ” in the human body, it “can be used to immediately assess the positive and negative changes happening in the body before any visible symptoms occur.”
As such, the FitPal team asserts, their customers can be made “immediately aware of their health trends and risks they might face, see real-time stress levels, their health, fitness and cardio improvements as directly ‘reported’ by their ANS.” And with less than 2 percent error in terms of cardio measurement, this wearable is effectively medical grade.
Designed to integrate seamlessly into your lifestyle, you can wear the FitPal just about anywhere on your torso all day, every day. It’ll stream real-time data to your smart phone, while simultaneously storing important metrics locally. With 13 days left to go on their Kickstarter campaign, the team has already raised nearly 97 percent of its initial $100,000 goal. So if you’re interested in joining a different kind of fitness revolution, you might consider throwing your weight (or your wallet) behind FitPal as an early adopter.