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Fitbit and Tile have teamed up to make sure “I can’t find my fitness tracker” is no longer a valid excuse.
Starting this week, Fitbit Inspire 2 owners will be encouraged to update their device software and download the Tile app to access free Bluetooth location technology. Anyone who purchases a new Inspire 2 should have this feature by default.
“Fitbit empowers people to lead healthier, more active lifestyles and we want to help by making sure you never lose your fitness tracker,” said CJ Prober, CEO of Tile, in a statement. “With Tile Find technology now available directly from your Fitbit Inspire 2, you no longer have to worry about missing a step.”
Don’t fret if you misplaced the wearable at home or left it at the gym. Tile can easily spy on the Inspire 2 within Bluetooth range. If it lurks beyond that orbit, just tap the company’s global crowdsourced GPS network for information about your Fitbit’s location. Additional features like Smart Alerts that proactively notify you before you leave your Fitbit Inspire 2 are also available with a Tile Premium subscription, which is available for $ 2.99 per month or $ 29.99 per year.
“With the Tile technology, we are expanding Inspire 2 with even more convenience and helpful tools,” says Larry Yang, Director of Product Management for Fitbit Devices at Google. “We’re excited to partner with Tile so our users can focus on developing healthy habits without worrying about not being able to find their misplaced device and the potential to use Tile’s search technology in the future transferring more Fitbit devices. “
The entry-level Inspire 2, which retails for $ 99.95, extensively monitors sweat sessions and eyes closed, tracks breathing, and heart rate variability: two metrics that can provide early warning signs of COVID-19 infection. It also offers the longest battery life (up to 10 days) of any Fitbit device.