Fitbits Inspire 2 wearable is powered by Tile, making it easier to find your tracker when it is not on your wrist. The update means the Inspire 2’s Bluetooth radio can be used for location pings with Tile to find it in the Tile smartphone app.
In this way, Tile has steadily expanded its partnerships with third parties in recent years. You can get tile support for certain HP laptops. The company is also working with Intel to build support directly into future notebook chipsets.
However, this collaboration with Fitbit is the first time we’ve seen it extend to wearables. It might seem an odd partnership at first glance: after all, your Inspire 2 is designed to be securely wrapped around your wrist and used for activity tracking during the day and sleep tracking at night. Even so, there will be times when you could take it off.
This can be while it’s charging or while you’re in the shower. Or you could just misplace it altogether, or the strap could click or loosen. Perhaps more useful is the ability to have your phone ring through Inspire 2 as it is a little more likely that you have misplaced it.
All Inspire 2 owners – new and existing – get core tile tracking support. This includes local tracking using Bluetooth and tiling network support when the two devices are too far away for a Bluetooth connection. In this case, you can view the last registered location of the wearable and receive updates if it is within range of another Tile user.
Those who subscribe to Tile Premium get other features. This includes Smart Alerts, which can be used to notify you when you want to leave the house without a Tile-enabled device. If you’ve ever failed to keep track of your exercise just because you forgot to put your Fitbit on, this could be of great help.
Existing Inspire 2 owners must install a firmware update before they can use the Tile features. According to Fitbit, this week launches starting today. You’ll also need to download the tile app, set up an account there, and enable the location-based feature.
At the moment only this one model is compatible, although Fitbit and Tile leave the door open to expand the collaboration in the future. Inspire 2 is $ 99.95 and Tile Premium is $ 2.99 per month, or $ 29.99 per year.
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