updated 08:35 pm EST, Thu December 10, 2009
Orders first taken over a year ago
Many customers that placed pre-orders for the Fitbit Tracker may be forced to continue waiting for the devices until early next year, according to The New York Times. The fledgling company initially introduced the Tracker in September of 2008, while advance orders were taken shortly thereafter. Fitbit reportedly expected the devices to be ready to ship within a few months after previewing the prototype.
The miniscule gadget works as a pedometer, calorie tracker, odometer, and a tool help interpret sleep quality. A three-axis accelerometer monitors the user's motion and logs the data to be later uploaded to a computer.
Despite the production delays, Fitbit has attempted to be transparent regarding the hold-ups that have pushed the project back. Buyers can read about the development and manufacturing process on the company's blog.
Fitbit is still taking pre-orders for the Tracker, which can be purchased for $100. Shipping is expected by January 31st.