Visa Enables On the Go Payments With the New Fitbit Ionic

Visa Enables On the Go Payments With the New Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit's Purepulse heart rate sensor stores heart rate data at 1 second intervals during exercise tracking and at 5 second intervals all other times.

Fitbit is teaming up with Adidas to launch a special edition of its Ionic smartwatch, but it won't be landing until next year.

Fitbit is already known for its fitness trackers and smart scales, but the company is adding a new product to its lineup: Fitbit Flyer, a $130 pair of sweatproof headphones created to complement the Ionic.

Visa (NYSE:V) today announced it is enabling Visa payments on Fitbit's first smartwatch - Fitbit Ionic™. The App Gallery will have Strava, Accuweather, Flipboard and more, and Fitbit will open SDK for third-party developers in September.

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Together, these two features - Fitbit Pay and dedicated music support - will, according to Fitbit, will allow users to leave their smartphones at home when they go for a workout. This will be one of the big features of this new Fitbit Ionic, and we're looking forward to testing the claimed battery life in real-life use, but early signs show that the watch will live up to the official figures. To compete with Apple Watch, Fitbit acquired payment startup Coin previous year and introduced an NFC chip with Ionic. Plus, its notifications work with phone calls, text messages, and calendar appointments.

The Fitbit Ionic may be a smartwatch but it's clearly designed as a fitness device, which should make it an attractive upgrade to millions of Fitbit fitness band wearers. Details are sketchy at this point, but this is new for Fitbit.

Tying together the entire experience together is Fitbit OS, the company's new smartwatch operating system, which the company says will launch with all smartwatch products it ships in the future. Fitbit App Gallery has been launched as well to distribute apps and clock faces.

The only issue? That playback is done via MP3s from 2.5GB of internal storage rather than a streaming service such as Spotify or Apple Music.

The most valued addition to the Ionic is the Fitbit Pay.

Only the documentation is now available, but based on Fitbit's current write-up it appears the device will be a fast hacking favourite, with developers able to easily sideload applications and share them with friends and family without going through Fitbit's approval process and App Gallery, and apps being based on javascript, CSS and SVG.

You'll immediately receive an alert from the Fitbit app when your transaction is approved.

Fitbit Coach lets you get "on-device workouts that adapt based on feedback you provide on your wrist", so you can say whether it was too hard, too easy or "parfait" - this is standard Fitstar stuff, for people who used that.

The Ionic comes in a range of styles and colours with interchangeable Classic, Sport and Horween leather accessories suitable for a workout, the office or a night out.

The Ionic is available for pre-order for $299.95, and will be available from retailers from October 2017.

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