FitBit: Learn More About 'Project Higgins' And 'Parkside'

May 03, 2017 12:10 AM EDT | Paul Urban

FitBit, for the longest time, has been one of Apple's toughest competition in its wearable segment. Based on recent leaks, FitBit is reported to come up with a new smartwatch which pretty much resembles that of Blaze. It may also launch wireless headphones to boot.

FitBit's upcoming smartwatch is described as something very retro according to industry experts. Earlier, there were reports saying that the company is having trouble producing a new smartwatch to be introduced to the market. This may no longer be the case as it seems that FitBit is already making progress. The upcoming smartwatch goes under codename "Project Higgins."

FitBit Blaze which debuted last year is merely a fitness tracker that looked like a watch. It did not have the advanced offerings of say, Samsung Gear and Apple Watch. However, it still sold well. This time around, "Project Higgins" may be more advanced even if it does resemble Blaze.

Based on recently released leaks, the upcoming smartwatch comes with a metal unibody case and has added colorful accents around the screen. It will feature GPS, heart-rate monitoring and display with 1,000 units which are similar to the latest Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, "Project Higgins" may not come water-proof. Reports stay the FitBit has trouble making the smartwatch water-proof which was discovered during its production state. If it was waterproof, it could easily compete with the giant, Apple Watch. It could've raised its capabilities to a whole new level.

FitBit also has its eyes set on taking down Apple's BeatsX. Its wireless headphones go by the codename "Parkside." It will gracefully hang around the neck with some metallic accents giving it a unique look. Upon official release, the wireless headphones may be priced at $150.

FitBit suffered a major loss during the last quarter of 2016 which resulted to laying off six percent of its workforce. However, 2017 may be the year to recuperate. Both "Project Higgins" and "Parkside" may be two offerings enough to revive the ailing company.

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