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Fitbit Releases New Activity Tracker

The Fitbit Force (Image credit: Video Screengrab/YouTube/CNETTV)

Fitbit has released a new activity tracker, called the Force.

While its predecessor, the Fitbit Flex, had only a line of lights to indicator a user's progress towards their daily activity goal, the Force has a display screen which shows a variety of fitness stats such as the number of calories burned or steps taken.

The product will hit stores shelves in the coming weeks, according to Mashable. Customers can order the device now on the company website, which says it takes three to four weeks to ship.

The Force is the only wristband activity tracker to count the stairs/floors you climb. (The, a activity tracker worn on the belt, also has a feature that tracks elevation)

The Force also keeps track of the total number of minutes you are active, and uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of 150 minutes a week as a goal, Mashable says.

The Force sells for $129.95.

Rachael Rettner

Rachael is a Live Science contributor, and was a former channel editor and senior writer for Live Science between 2010 and 2022. She has a master's degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a B.S. in molecular biology and an M.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has appeared in Scienceline, The Washington Post and Scientific American.