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Fitbit’s Wristbands Cause Nickel Dermatitis: Just Like The Euro

by | 17th, February 2014

THIS amused me: the new wristbands containing all sorts of lovely electronic gizmos to aid in monitoring your health actually make you ill. Fitbit, the company that makes them, apparently forgot about how you’ve got to be careful of the nickel content of something that you’re going to put onto a human being who then starts sweating :

Fitbit, a maker of wristbands that track physical fitness, says it is “helping people lead healthier, more active lives.” But complaints continue to mount from users who say Fitbit’s newest product, the Force band, is causing blisters, rashes and itchy dry patches on their wrists.

User forums on, the website of the San Francisco company that also makes other wearable devices, include hundreds of comments about skin problems from wearers of the $129 Force.

One woman said she developed a burn-like red patch on her wrist that required medical treatment after wearing the wristband for seven weeks. She said Fitbit offered her a financial settlement, which she declined.

The basic problem is well known: so well known in the industry that it’s something of a surprise that the company has let itself get caught out this way.

Some 20-30% of the population are sensitive (ie, allergic, but not very much) to nickel. And usually, if you want to make something out of iron but you want it to last, then you make it out of steel. And one way to make good looking shiny shiny

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