Wearable fitness company Fitbit have announced a collaboration to develop and market products to help people better manage their diabetes alongside Google- funded Dexcom.
The World Health Organization estimates2 that more than 400 million people around the world are living with diabetes. For those individuals being able to see both physical activity and glucose can be a vital tool for effectively managing their diabetes.
The first planned initiative is to bring Dexcom CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) data to Fitbit’s new smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic. Through this experience, Dexcom CGM users on either Android or iOS devices would be able to see both activity and glucose levels, right on their wrist.
The new Ionic watch Ionic features a relative SpO2 sensor, GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance up to 50 meters. Plus, smart features like contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications, and a variety of popular apps and clock faces available in the Fitbit App Gallery.
“The collaboration between Dexcom and Fitbit is an important step in providing useful information to people with diabetes that is both convenient and discreet,” said Kevin Sayer, President and CEO, Dexcom. “We believe that providing Dexcom CGM data on Fitbit Ionic, and making that experience available to users of both Android and iOS devices, will have a positive impact on the way people manage their diabetes.”
The companies are targeting availability as soon as possible in 2018 and will continue to explore opportunities to work together to develop tools and resources aimed at helping people better manage their diabetes.