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Fitbit being sued for faulty heart rate monitors; how accurate is yours?

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  • Jan 17th, 2016 5:39 am
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Sr. Member
Sep 29, 2014
688 posts
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GTA
[QUOTE]accuses the brand of false advertising in purporting that the devices’ PurePulse technology - which uses LED lights to detect changes in capillary blood volume - can continuously and accurately measure heart rate.[/QUOTE]

Isn't this how all of them measure your heart rate? , save for the ones that use the strap.

I've got a basis peak and I find it to be accurate enough to within a BPM or two.
Even Basis , fitbit's competitor, doesn't make crazy claims that it is wildly inaccurate, according to their own study fitbit has a margin of error of 8.7%. If anything its in their best interest to skew that number up as much as possible.
http://www.mybasis.com/en-CA/basis-research/

Sounds like this is a case of someone not wearing the device properly.
It can't be loose on your wrist and you need to move it down (towards your elbow) if you are doing some intensive activities to get a better reading.
Deal Addict
Apr 10, 2009
1931 posts
1268 upvotes
Hamilton
3 times I had a nurse check my heart rate lately. All 3 times we were within 1 BPM. I find my HR very accurate.
Sr. Member
Jun 5, 2008
647 posts
387 upvotes
Montreal, QC
What's so dangerous, are they doing crossfit or something?

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