Nike is to recompense customers who have bought a FuelBand in the past three-and-a-half years, after a lawsuit claimed that the fitness trackers are inaccurate.
The sportswear firm has agreed to give customers a $15 partial refund or a $25 Nike gift card in the US and Puerto Rico. The decision was part of a court settlement against Nike and tech giant Apple, who collaborated on the band with.
Launched in 2012, FuelBands measure the calories a person has burned, tells the time, and uses an accelerometer to track a person’s steps. Users can harness the technology to set daily goals, which can be fed wirelessly to a smartphone app.
However, a lawsuit launched against Nike and Apple alleges that the band does not accurately track energy burned or steps, and that there were breaches in warranty terms, according to a statement released by Gilardi & Co., a law firm which administers court settlements.
Nike and Apple agreed to settle the case to avoid a continued legal battle, according to court documents see by the Associated Press.
10 best fitness trackers
10 best fitness trackers
1/10 Jawbone UP24
After a lightweight, sleek-looking band? Then this could be for you. There’s no screen but it counts steps, calories and more and you can track progress on your phone. At night, it clocks your slumbering movements to wake you at the optimum moment in the sleep cycle. Available on iOS and Android. £101, amazon
2/10 Nike+ FuelBand SE
With this band’s bright display, you can always keep track of how far you are to meeting your fitness goals. For some activities like cycling or yoga, the band can compensate for the fact that you’re exercising without moving much, measuring your action so you don’t miss out. Syncs with most iOS or Android devices. £110, amazon
3/10 Samsung Gear Fit
With its vivid 1.8-inch LED display, this is a stylish-looking tracker, if slightly heavier than rivals. It can calculate activity when you’re at the gym or cycling and there’s a heart rate monitor on the back. It works with an app but you’ll need a Samsung Galaxy phone. £169, samsung.com/uk
4/10 Sony SmartBand
The soft rubber wristband on this stylish tracker contains the tiny Sony Core which measures your activity. It links to a slick Android app that lists sleep time and quality, calories burnt, steps taken, and time spent walking and running. Like the Jawbone, it vibrates to wake you at the ideal moment. £54, amazon
5/10 Withings Pulse O2
Here’s another tracker with a heart rate sensor. And this one measures blood oxygen levels too. The Pulse is a tiny pebble that clips into a wrist band. It vibrates to wake you, though it lacks the smart alarm of the Jawbone. £100, amazon
6/10 Garmin Vivofit
Unlike other models here, the Vivofit uses a watch battery instead of a rechargeable one which lasts a year. And this has a continuously visible screen, showing the time. It measures steps, calories and your sleep activity, then you can Sync it wirelessly to see information online. £79, amazon
7/10 Fitbit Flex
Fitbit’s monitors are ruthlessly accurate. This model –compatible with most iOS and Android phones- has a row of lights to show how near you are to your daily goal and it’ll monitor steps, distance travelled and calories burned when you’re awake, and your sleep at night. It’s water-resistant, too. £79.99, johnlewis.com
8/10 Misfit Shine
The tiny Shine comes with a wristband and a magnetic clip. Tap it and the monitor lights up showing you both your progress and the time. You can walk, run, cycle or even swim (for cycling you clip it to your shoe) and track progress on Android and iOS devices. £79.95, johnlewis.com
9/10 Samsung Gear 2 Neo
The latest smart watch from Samsung also focuses on fitness, with the same optical sensor to read heart rate on the back. It also counts steps when you’re walking or running. For cycling and hiking it uses the GPS of a companion Galaxy smartphone. £174, amazon
10/10 TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio
Ideal for running, this uses GPS to track you. If you’re on a running machine it measures distance through movement only. And there’s a top-notch heart rate monitor. When you’re done, sync it to TomTom’s online community and popular running sites to check progress. £244, amazon
Both firms deny the claims, and neither has been found guilty of wrongdoing.
The Independent has contacted Nike and Apple for a comment on the situation, but has not yet received a response.Reuse content