A Fitbit

A Fitbit is a wearable technology device and activity tracker.

It is wireless-enabled and measures data such as number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, steps climbed and other personal metrics involved in fitness.

The equipment is small in size (about the size of a clothes pin) and simple to use. It is shaped like a clip, which you can easily slide into your pocket or any sort of strap (it is around two inches or five centimetres long and half an inch or just over one centimetre thick). The Fitbit is also available as a watch.

Throughout the day, Fitbit logs a range of data about your activities, including the number of steps you take, distance traversed and calories burned. It's also sensitive enough to detect just how vigorous your motions are, which differentiates a slow stroll from a jog that consumes more calories.

At night, you can slip the Fitbit into a wristband so it can monitor your sleep quality. It will pick up when you go to bed, how frequently you awaken at night, how long you lie prostrate and much more.

The clip has a built-in digital screen that displays current activity data. For example, if you have set yourself a goal to walk 15,000 steps, the Fitbit will tell you how many steps you have already walked so you will know whether it’s time to get moving or if you have reached your target. A small flower avatar will expand as you become active and it will get shorter if you become inactive.

Fitbit has a wireless base station. Every time you pass within 15 feet (4.5 meters) of the base station, Fitbit automatically sends a large amount of data to your online profile. You can access your online profile from a smartphone, computer or tablet to check activity details, monitor your progress and increase your motivation to get in shape.

Features and benefits

The device is simple and easy to use for people who are blind or partially sighted. Information can be sent to your smartphone and text to speech can then be enabled in order to find out your key statistics.

You can learn more about how to use the Fitbit on their website.


There are many other fitness apps out there that can help you stay fit and heathy. Some are free, some are paid for and some are subscription based. Examples for Apple and Android include: Nike Fitness, Gym Sync and Eyes Free Fitness.

You can also find other ways to exercise and keep fit with sight loss on the Vision Aware website and VitalTech website.


Wearable technology including health and fitness devices are available to apply for through the RNIB Technology Grant Scheme. Other items include video magnifiers, RNIB PenFriend 3, kitchen equipment, clocks and watches, accessibility software and DAISY players. Click here for more information about grants.