The Fitbit is an electronic accelerometer that clips onto clothing and tracks calories burned, steps, distance and sleep quality. Using a 3D motion sensor similar to the Nintendo Wii, this information is wirelessly uploaded to Fitbit.com, where users can track activity levels, set goals, log food intake and compete with other users. The purchase price includes the Fitbit tracker, wireless base station, software and access to the web-based tracking system where data is analyzed and stored.
The Fitbit was named the “best of innovations” in the Health and Wellness category for the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. Launching publicly in October of 2009, the Fitbit was already in such high-demand that products were on back-order from the number of preorders. At the time of this review, the item is still in backorder status and the manufacturer states that they are currenly filling pre-orders and new orders will start shipping in approximately three weeks.