The next big thing in physical therapy may be a $5,000 Fitbit.
The Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Charge are big in the fitness world, but they don’t offer a physical therapist a device like this.
Now, a startup called Fitbit has a Fitbit Fitbit, which looks and feels a lot like the Fitbit Classic, but the Surge has a heart rate monitor, which might make it more useful for physical therapists.
The Surge has an optical heart rate sensor, which can monitor a person’s blood pressure, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation, and other metrics.
It also has a barometric altimeter, which is the device used to measure altitude, the amount of pressure you can feel on your skin when standing upright, and the amount your heart can pump through your body.
The device is a bit pricey, though.
Fitbit says the device will be available in June for $99.
The Fitbit Flex has a $149 price tag.
The $5-per-month Fitbit Band comes with a heart monitor, as does the $19-per.99 Fitbit Blaze, which comes with one.
But, as with most wearable devices, you can also buy the FitBit Flex for $199, which includes the heart monitor and barometric Altimeter.