I am so excited about the Fitbit Tracker!
Although I haven’t yet received the device, nor tested it (by wearing it 24/7), I frankly believe that it will be a smashing product! And the fact that I will be one of the first to test and wear the device makes it thrilling! Yes, I pre-ordered my Fitbit in early Fall 2008 and have been counting down for its official release.
I first heard about Fitbit at the TechCrunch 50 conference in San Fransisco in September 2008. I then immediately contacted James Park (CEO) and started a conversation about the product. James is a very nice guy and replied me in person. I was (at that time) wondering about their licensing in Europe, whether they were going to sell it overseas and if the website (which the Fitbit integrates to) will be working in Europe. James responded in an e-mail:
The website will work outside of the US, but at launch we will not be
shipping outside of the US.
We have to pass government certifications for wireless and product
safety in each country and we are focused on passing the US tests
first. We plan on making the Fitbit available for international orders
a few months after our US launch. We will let you know when that
James also wrote a blog post on Christmas Eve ’08 about their trip to Singapore where the Fitbit production prototypes are made, along with the post came some awesome pictures of the assembly line (see Flickr stream above).
According to their previous product launch announcement (and the current Fitbit website), the device will be shipped in Q1 2009. I’ll let you know when I receive my very own Fitbit!