Tool Time: FitbitVersa Lite, Desktop Metal 3D Printing, and More



Fitbit Versa Lite wearableWHO, WHAT, WEARABLE

Fitbit Versa Lite

Lightweight, comfortable, and easy to use. That’s an alluring ­trifecta of traits when it comes to smartwatches made to be worn while working out. And it aptly describes the Versa Lite—the ­latest connected watch from Fitbit. The feather-light device, which features an anodized ­aluminum case topped with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, wears like a slim sports watch; you almost forget it’s on your wrist. But underneath its no-frills design and simple, one-touch control is a Bluetooth-enabled watch packed with some very useful tools.

What it does: The Versa Lite tracks steps, distance, calories burned, female health details, and sleep stages. It also notifies users of texts and calls along with alerts from hundreds of compatible apps, should you want them. Additionally, it’s water-resistant and comes preloaded with more than 15 goal-based exercise modes.

Fitbit Versa Lite colorwaysWhat we liked: The watch is available in a Skittles bag worth of colorways: white with silver aluminum, lilac with silver aluminum, mulberry, and marina blue (a rich blue). And it’s priced so reasonably that some people might be tempted to nab one to match every pair of Lululemon yoga pants they own.

Best features: The entry-level smartwatch combines Fitbit’s excellent fitness tracking with a notification system that’s every bit as reliable as the brand’s more full-featured Versa original smartwatch. Bonus: You can customize the Versa Lite’s face by choosing from 500-plus designs. ($159.95; fitbit.com)

 

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Desktop Metal Studio System

Desktop Metal Studio SystemThird-generation jeweler Christian Tse’s marketing company, Formula 3D, has partnered with Desktop Metal to debut the Desktop Metal Studio System—a 3D metal printer that enables designers to print metal jewelry faster, and without the need for special ventilation and facilities, dedicated operators, or expensive tooling. The three-part system includes a printer, debinder, and furnace and integrates with Desktop Metal’s cloud-based software. The coordination makes for a seamless workflow, from digital file to finished jewelry piece.

The Desktop Metal Studio System is available for lease starting at around $6,000 per month, or for purchase at $160,000.