LIT ACTIVITY TRACKER REVIEW
The LIT fitness tracker from NZN Labs is specialized for sports including surfing, skiing, skateboarding, and BMX. It captures paddles, max air time, g force, spins, jumps, and more, and still records steps like you'd expect of pedometer. Available in fall 2013.
What sets the LIT apart from its brethren activity trackers? Beyond tracking the typical steps you'd expect of a fitness tracker, it captures the cool moves you make on the slopes, in the surf, and on the BMX track, to name a few places.
It's different on the inside, too: whereas most activity trackers have a 3-axis accelerometer, the LIT makes its tracking possible via a 6-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope. Perfect for capturing all those wild flips and spins you see on the slopes and at the skate park. And, it's appropriately rugged: both shock resistant and waterproof.
The device's focus is on fun and bragging rights, not on holistic health tracking, so you won't find capabilities for estimated calories burned, food-logging, or sleep tracking. But you will get to see airtime, rotations, turns, g-force, number of paddles, and more. Great for enthusiasts of various extreme sports.
These sports metrics, along with steps, are also converted into points and bonuses, and added to a running tally. You can then engage in social competitions and challenges with friends, and any other LIT user in the world on the basis of points.
The LIT screen shows the time, which is a nice plus for a wrist device that might displace your traditional watch. In addition to time, the the device face displays cumulative score, steps, and battery life. The LIT can also be popped out of its wristband and worn elsewhere, a nice feature if you still want to capture steps but the watchband doesn't match with that formal outfit you have to wear.
Your more extended information is accessible via the app. Your data will sync wirelessly with Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled iOS devices, followed by select Android devices. The LIT team has said that their app will also interface with several popular social media apps.
The LIT activity tracker has a 2014 anticipated release date. You can sign up for product updates via the company's website: http://www.nznlabs.com/
A full review will be added once the LIT reaches the hands of consumers. Until then, take a look a the sports tracker's specs below and stay tuned for more!
LET'S BREAK IT DOWN
Features & Added Benefits
Uses a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope to capture motions that other trackers can't. These activities include snow sports, skateboarding, surfing, MBT/BMX, and moto-cross in addition to the traditional steps counted while running and walking. The device also displays the time.
The LIT app will import GPS metrics from your smartphone, including elevation change, if the smartphone is carried along with your LIT during the exercise.
Hardware & Wearing
The LIT can be worn as a watch, or it can be removed from the watchband and worn in a pocket, on a belt, or in a lanyard. The device itself is waterproof and can be used while in the rain, shower, or while swimming. You can pre-order the device in black, though LIT's promotional images showing a blue and green band hint that additional colors may become available in the future.
Battery Life & Charging
The LIT lasts up to 4 days on a single charge.
Your data syncs to your mobile device via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for on-screen data that's always accurate.
The device is compatible with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled iOS devices. Compatibility with select Android devices is also expected. All collected data can be viewed via their mobile app on a compatible device, which will interface with social sites and allow you to challenge and compete with friends.