Runtastic, best known for their suite of fitness apps, has today released their Orbit fitness tracker. The Runtastic Orbit tracks a users steps, fitness activities, calories burned, sleep cycles, and even ambient light. The Orbit uses Bluetooth smart to connect to the companion smartphone app, features and OLED display on the front and is waterproof up to 300 feet. Available for $119, the Orbit will be shipping on August 11.

The newly released Runatstic Me app works with both Android and iOS and will keep track of all your data over a 24 hour period. The Orbit includes both blue and black wristbands, a basic clip, and USB charger.

For more details or to purchase a Runatastic Orbit, check out their shop here.

Press Release

RUNTASTIC EXPANDS ECOSYSTEM WITH LAUNCH OF NEW WEARABLE, RUNTASTIC ORBIT

Runtastic Enters Wearable Market with Industry-Leading Hardware & Compatible App

Today Runtastic – an innovative suite of apps, products and services that track and manage health and fitness data to motivate individuals to get in shape, stay healthy and improve overall fitness – released the highly-anticipated Runtastic Orbit. Orbit is a 24-hour tracking device that allows users to track their daily movements, fitness activities and sleep cycles. In combination with the just-released Runtastic Me app, Orbit further expands the Runtastic Ecosystem and is the first Runtastic hardware product geared towards "anyone and everyone," regardless of an individual's affinity for sports or fitness.

"Orbit was crafted with a diverse audience of users in mind," said Florian Gschwandtner, CEO and Co-Founder of Runtastic. "We see a market with pent-up demand and a desire for an easy-to-use, reliable tracking product. So whether people simply want to become more familiar with their daily habits, track their sleep patterns and cycles, or achieve specific goals, such as burning more calories or completing a certain number of steps each day, Orbit is the perfect tool to help users improve their lives."

Runtastic Orbit Features & Functionality

Runtastic Orbit boasts a wide variety of features and functionalities that set it apart from the competition. Orbit tracks Steps, Active Minutes, Calories Burned, Sleep Cycles, Goals and Ambient Lighting. Other features include an OLED Display, Time & Alarm and Bluetooth Smart Technology. It is also waterproof up to 300 feet.

"We recognize consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to wearables," said Gschwandtner. "For that reason, our team was especially meticulous about putting together a unique feature set that brings together the 'best of the best.' Our goal is to provide users with tracking data plus context in order to inspire them to optimize their behaviors and overall lifestyles."

In addition to broad, top-quality functionality, Orbit also provides users with versatility. The device comes with a clip (black) and two wristbands (black and blue), allowing users to make use of Orbit on their wrist, attached to their waistband or even affixed to a more discreet location, such as an undershirt or bra. Six additional colored wristbands are also available for purchase.

Orbit Connect

Runtastic Orbit offers users of the flagship Runtastic app a practical, second screen during their fitness activities via the Orbit Connect feature. Orbit Connect allows data collected by the Runtastic app to be viewed on the Orbit display, improving the ease of viewing real-time activity details during a run, walk or bike ride. In the future, additional Runtastic apps will utilize the Orbit Connect feature, making the wearable a truly ideal companion for everyday movements and planned fitness activities.

Runtastic Me App

Orbit's tracking capabilities and data output are made even more robust by the compatible Runtastic Me app and greater Runtastic Ecosystem. Data generated by Runtastic Orbit syncs wirelessly with the Runtastic Me app, allowing users to view data on the Orbit display, within the Me app and on Runtastic.com. The clean, modern design of the new app also provides users with detailed statistics, including Steps, Distance, Active Minutes and Calories Burned.

Where to Purchase Runtastic Orbit

For the first time, U.S. customers can purchase Runtastic hardware from the Runtastic Online Shop. Runtastic Orbit and other hardware will also be available in retail stores soon.

 

Reader comments

Runtastic Orbit keeps things focused on the run

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it tells the time, no nee to have a watch AND a tracker
also, no mention of battery life.... does not bode well.

So it's exactly like the Fitbit Force before the product was pulled. I'm sure the next Fitbit tracker will probably display time too.

Personally, being that most people I know have Fitbits, and I have several years of data in the Fitbit system, why would a person like myself jump ship?

sleep better? i hate cliche marketing. This thing is no different than my fuelband. I track sleep and all.

just how exactly am i going to sleep better because of the band again? Ive had my fuelband for 2 years and I STILL ONLY AVERAGE ABOUT 4 HOURS A DAY

I suppose if you look at the information recorded during your sleep, and make adjustments to your sleep environment accordingly, you may find you are sleeping better. You actually have to analyse the data and do the work, it's not gonna rub your feet for you until you fall asleep...

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I don't think you understand. They aren't saying that just putting it on your wrist is going to help you sleep better. You have to analyze and respond to the DATA that it is collecting while you sleep in order to sleep better.

The integrated ambient light sensor (for advanced sleep tracking), its long-lasting battery & wireless sync feature utilizing Bluetooth® Smart, as well as the fact that it’s waterproof up to "100m/30ft" <<<<<============= WHICH IS IT ?

yeah I am thinking the same thing. Who's going to test out that 300ft claim. At 300Ft down wouldn't the ambient light sensor think your are sleeping and having a rough night.

I've gone through the LG last lifeband and now striiv touch currently. Both are asking consumers to essentially beta test because they don't have their shit together. Fitbit force was great until the rash.

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Can Fitbit or any other band connect to a running or biking app that will show you currently information (like distance)? That's the only real functionality I'm looking for so I don't need to pull my phone out of my Camelbak or Flipbelt to check my stats.

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The cheapest Fitbit of them all (the $45 Zip) has a little monochrome screen that shows distance traveled, the time, calories burned, and steps taken (for the day). It doesn't have some of the extra features of the high end models (like sleep tracking or accounting for altitude) but it works really well otherwise, you just tap the front face to cycle thru those displays btw.

I bought one while waiting for the Moto 360, I'd been looking at it for ages, should've bought it sooner. It's not a sleek band like almost every other model out there now, but you could just clip it to the inside of your pocket (probably makes it more accurate anyway).

Since I only really put it on when I go running none of that wasn't a concern for me. The little watch coin cell inside lasts months too, one less thing to recharge (they're suitably cheap on Amazon). I'll probably keep using it when I go running even if I get a 360, spare the latter from a ton of rain and sweat.

Not sure why it suddenly became fashionable to abstract all useful info to dots or whatever and relegate it to the apps, but regardless, all the $100+ bands seem rather overpriced to me.

I don't know if other people do this, but I have a Fitbit One (the one that you clip to your pants) and a Pebble. I wear the One on my waist and the Pebble on my wrist. I have FitPebble app on my Pebble to look at my Pebble steps/distance/calories burned/flights of stairs, and RunKeeper or Runtastic pops up automatically when I start the app on my phone.

I think that the Orbit is ugly and big. In my opinion it is no match against the the slim colorful Fitbit Flex or Jawbone UP24, and is too big to comfortably wear on your waist, like the Fitbit One or Misfit Shine. Am I the only one thinking this?

Nope - I thought the same when I first saw it in the promo video. Thing looks hideously oversized compared to so many other options out there. I could see if its coming-out party was happening when the first fitness wrist devices appeared on the scene. But it's not, and there are too many options out there that are smaller and look more comfortable. You'd think Runtastic would have figured out a way to achieve their new device and a smaller footprint...er, wristprint.