Fitness wearables have seemingly been with us for years now: well, actually three years to be precise when Fitbit launched their first ever fitness wearable being the Fitbit Flex. Since then, the market has expanded at almost an exponential rate with every large technological company having sort sort of device aimed at monitoring and improving fitness. With Fitbit recently releasing the newest range of their fitness wearables, such as the Fitbit Flex 2 and Fitbit Charge 2, it is interesting where the future of fitness wearables is – based on the market leader’s new releases, here are a few ideas.
#1 Style Will Matter More and More..
When fitness wearables first came out, it was common for companies to put priority on the fitness wearables to have features rather than style. This made sense since there is no point to wearing something on your wrist if it does not have any interesting functionality regarding fitness tracking.
However, we are a point in time that every fitness wearable pretty much has walking, running, exercising, heart rate and sleep tracking as standard. With this, the possible features a fitness wearable can have seems to have saturated. Therefore, more effort can now be spent on improving the aesthetic styling of the fitness wearables. This is exactly what Fitbit have done with the Fitbit Flex 2, improving on the Fitbit Flex, and the Fitbit Charge 2, improving on the Fitbit Charge HR.
#2 Battery Life Will Become More Important
Battery life is extremely important to anything portable as people simply do not want to spend their time having to be self-conscious of how much charge their devices have and the time required to allow the devices to charge. For this reason, making sure fitness wearables have an, almost, extraordinary battery life is key to the success of them.
When fitness wearables first came out, the battery life was around 2 days. However, it is against the norm to see a battery life of at least 5 days from such wearables. In the coming years to come, we can expect the battery life to continually increase as it becomes one of the large USPs between fitness wearables on the market.
Every fitness wearable seems to be splash proof (and rightly so)! However, it still seems that there are only a few fitness wearables that are truly waterproof – by this, waterproof to the point that you can take the fitness wearable swimming and wear it in the shower and bath too, if you so wish. At the moment, it seems that the two biggest fitness wearables that are waterproof are the Fitbit Flex 2 and Jawnone UP3.
Therefore, do not be surprised to see in the next few years that fitness wearables will start to become truly IP68 waterproof. If the new Fitbit Charge 2 was waterproof and had a week of battery life, it would storm the fitness wearable market for years to come, just like the Fitbit Charge HR did.