(Mirror Daily, United States) –A couple of individuals have sued the producers of the fitness monitor claiming that their product provides inaccurate data. A magazine that was interested in the subject tested the devices and decided that the Fitbit heart monitor accusations are unfounded and the persons that filed the complaints probably misused them.
Earlier this month, a couple of users of the Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Charge have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers claiming that the monitor displayed their pulse measurement wrongly. One of the complainers was allegedly in the middle of an exercise with her personal trainer and felt a little uneasy.
She consulted her Fitbit device and it displayed a heart rate of 86. This is in the normal limits of a resting person. Her trainer then proceeded into measuring her heart rate manually and found it was really over 120. The woman filed the lawsuit because the inaccurate readings of the device could have endangered her health if she trusted them and continued with her training.
Consumer Reports, a magazine that had an objective view upon the subject, decided to test the allegations with the help of a doctor. The physician monitored a sample of Fitbit users in a controlled environment and compared the results displayed by the device with those measured by himself. It seems that, indeed, there was a difference between the results of the device, and the actual readings, but it was an average of only 3 bpm.
There was only one incident in which a female volunteer was engaged in intense physical activity and her Fitbit device first read 144 bpm as opposed to 150bpm that the Polar H7(a medical heart rate monitor that is very precise). When the test was repeated, the Fitbit read 139 and the Polar H7 read 150. This is the biggest difference that the specialist found while testing the devices, and it was only an isolated incident. This is proof that the Fitbit heart rate monitor accusations are unfounded.
Further proof that the Fitbit heart rate monitor accusations are unfounded is the fact that the manufacturer actually states on his site that the devices are not meant to be used for medical or research purposes. Also, they mention on their official website that the accuracy of the readings could be affected by factors such as the location in which the device was placed, physiology and the complexity of the moves the user makes.
According to the latest tests, the Fitbit heart rate monitor accusations are unfounded and the unhappy clients that filled the lawsuit could be accused of perjury.
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