Fitbit’s New Watch Measures Stress

Perhaps picking up on our global consternation, fitness tech brand Fitbit has unleashed a new smartwatch that counts among its features the ability to pick up on stress levels. It does this through an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor that measures your skin’s temperature. The idea is that when you want to take a stress reading, you hold your palm over the face of the watch and breathe. By combining your heart rate with your skin temperature, the new Fitbit Sense will get an idea of how stressed you are and give you a score on the accompanying Fitbit app.

That may be the USP of the new watch, but it’s far from the only feature. An on-board electrocardiogram app (still pending FDA approval in the US, so probably not available at launch) promises accurate heart-rate monitoring on a par with the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. Alongside that is GPS tracking for runs and cycles in the great outdoors and 50 meters of water resistance if you want to take it for a swim. There’s also a microphone on board the Sense for talking to Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant.

The Sense is available in carbon/graphite stainless steel and lunar white/soft gold stainless steel (Fitbit)

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