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Flyfit Brings Fitness Bands to Your Ankle Through Kickstarter, Lojack Jokes Welcomed

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What do you do as an entrepreneur when you find something like the smartband market growing in popularity yet are hesitant to enter it because it is completely flooded by competitors? Apparently, you build the same exact product for an athletes ankle. And that brings us to the latest Kickstarter (did you change your password yet?) project that appears to be on its way to guaranteed funding. It’s called Flyfit, and yes, it’s a smartband for your ankle. It’s an anklet! 

Like other smartbands, the Flyfit will work on both iOS and Android (Kit Kat and above), uses Bluetooth LE to save on battery life, and tracks all sorts of things (running, stairs, biking, and swimming) to help you reach fitness goals. The Flyfit comes in five colors, starts at $99, and may be better for biking or swimming since it actually tracks leg movement, unlike wristbands.

The Flyfit has an initial goal of $90,000, but after a short couple of days of being live, is closing in on the half-way mark with close to 400 backers. People seem to care about all things fitness tracking (fitness track all the things!) these days, so I’d be surprised if this didn’t at least reach its original goal.

I should point out that Flyfit appears to have added on Android compatibility after receiving a bunch of feedback. It seems as if Android compatibility was going to be a part of a stretch goal, but its creators are now going to try to get it ready for launch. Hate to say it, but after being a part of a dozen Kickstarter projects like this, I’m super skeptical at that happening or being anywhere near the experience they’ll have for iOS. Anyone else remember the Misfit Shine?

Via:  Kickstarter
  • MewMew

    ANT+ support?

  • Daistaar

    For a sec I thought this was Fila taking on Nike…

  • Tyrone Biggums

    Slow, slow day…

  • tri-tracking

    triathletes finally get some love! Swim/Bike/Run :)

  • EvanTheGamer

    What…slow news day today? You guys haven’t posted anything in the last few hours, which is strange, but then again it is President’s Day, so that’s probably why.

    Carry on.

    • Kevin

      Didn’t you hear the news?

      • EvanTheGamer

        No, I rarely watch the news, too depressing. What happened or you’re just pulling my leg?

        • Kevin

          I’m just pulling dude, they’re taking a break.

          • EvanTheGamer

            WHAT?! Droid-Life taking a break?! That ain’t right! It is just President’s Day and it’s not even George’s real birthday either…

            lol

    • capecodcarl

      It’s a holiday, give them a break.

      • michael arazan

        Never had a Job where President’s day was a holiday or received holiday pay for it

    • beerme828

      I was thinking the same thing… worried about the DL guys! I need my android news fix damnit!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    ummm…. Soo yeaaaa guys…. It’s been a few hours?

    • Kevin

      Didn’t you hear the terrible news?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        What news meng?

        • Justin W

          It’s been a slow day :(

          Edit: He’s talking about Kickstarter getting hacked.

    • Intellectua1

      Yea, slow day…

    • mcdonsco

      Wish I had that job…part of my job is blogging but its business development stuff…not “woohoo! Just got a new toy (just about every day???)”.

      …can you imagine, every toy/device you’re interested showing up usually before anyone else can get it.

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  • http://andymerskin.com/ Andy Merskin

    What happens if I’m sitting for 8 hrs / day at my desk job and I have a bouncy leg?

    • Pedro

      Put it on the other leg.
      Or triumph in your sedentary activity!

  • jim

    so did anyone else get the free data from Verizon over the weekend ?

  • jdjdjdjdjdndnsnsn

    Everyone is talking about the Galaxy S5 and I’m just sitting here looking at a ankle band.

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  • Mario Lovato

    just beware when you are doing your cardio on the street cops might tackle you down.

  • Nexoduss

    I think amiigo got the right idea by having a detachable part that goes on your shoe while working out. I can wait to get one. I think it’s really gonna be the first fitness tracker that is done right.

  • Intellectua1

    So I can go around looking like I’m on House arrest. Yea I’ll pass..

    • Adrynalyne

      Bieber will get one. You know, for street cred…

    • The Narrator

      That’s if they made a version 10x larger.

  • The Narrator

    What’s with all this iOS only then moving a crappy port to android? Do something Google.

    • Liderc

      Yeah it doesn’t make a lot of sense considering the larger market is currently Android. Either it’s more difficult to code on Android or something is going on. For businesses to willingly cut off about 60% of their potential market, something is causing that.

      Not that I care about an ankle smartband, things are pointless to begin with. If you exercise you exercise, you don’t need an app telling you what you did (and poorly doing it from what I’ve seen).

      • Adrynalyne

        iOS users have been shown to repeatedly spend more money than Android users.

        • The Narrator

          Lol the money they spend going from 4 to 4S and 5 to 5S. They’d pay $20 for a bottle of iWater.

          • mcdonsco

            I would have to agree…when you consider the overall ui, iOS hasnt really changed since the original iOS. and the size of the device, bout the same in contrast to the difference between a moto x and a note 3 for instance.

            Quality of hardware improved, but so did androids.

            Software? There’s a lot of added functionality to iOS since the original for sure, but the INTERFACE (APPLE!) is just about exactly the same. Android has matured a LOT since its inception.

            (Not too mention how many of apples interface changes, they few they’ve done, were quite obviously stolen from android).

            So yea, let’s say I had a business related reason to being stuck on an iPhone, if I had an i phone I generally wouldn’t care about upgrading it until I could get it for dirt cheap at upgrade time. Where as with android, I get a new phone every few months.

          • Froosh Freak

            And this probably the second dumbest.

        • Iknoweverything

          That’s BS..
          That’s completely based on the person itself. Most android users have more knowledge about the system and know how to get apps free easy.

          For devs it’s easier to code with androids language BUT there are so many screen sizes/ different devices in the end it’s harder.
          While on iOS most devs say the language used to code is harder but they don’t have the hundreds of different devices.

        • Froosh Freak

          And this is the smartest.

      • needa

        i guess you gotta have one to understand. as far as ‘poorly doing it’, the ankle would sorta fix that issue. seeing that you dont move your feet near as much as you move your arm. but i kinda like how the fitbit registers all arm movements and adds it to the steps. i spend a lot of time mixing juices for e-cigs. which involves a lot of strenuous shaking of three pound 32oz bottles. the fitbit registers that and counts it towards my calories burned. i was on the tractor yestorday moving around round pen panels and rolls of hay. a lot of herky jerky movements on the tractor. it registered 6k steps in a couple of hours. i easily burned that much doing what i was doing. all of that is to say, it is good that it poorly does it.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Well on the flip side, think how many actions an Ankle version would pick up that a wrist worn tracker wouldn’t. This would be a good activity tracker for those who ride bikes or stationary machines (potentially at least), as you don’t usually move your arms on a stationary bike.

    • Adrynalyne

      iOS is a bigger money maker for developers of peripherals and applications.

      • Froosh Freak

        Bingo