It looks like a mini flying saucer and is about the size of a quarter, but new fitness-tracking gadget Shine is different from the competition in more ways that just its appearance.
The Shine by Misfit Wearables is a mini fitness tracker that can sense your movements and measure your swim strokes, bike pedals and distance traveled when walking or running. You can wear it on your shirt collar, pants pocket, bra, or on the wristband available for purchase with the device. Set fitness goals through the app, which is now available for iOS, and tap the Shine to see how close you are to achieving your daily fitness goal. Your daily goal is measured in a row of lights, lit up all the way when you reach that goal. The Android version of the app will be available soon for Android 4.0 and above.
The Shine is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, so you know it’ll be durable if you drop it on the street. It’s also waterproof and weights about 10 grams. But the dense metal doesn’t work with Bluetooth, so the company’s founders created a different type of wireless technology, which is also pretty convenient. Just place the Shine on your smartphone and the data from the little round device transfers to the app fairly quickly.
The good thing about a small device is that it’s inconspicuous when you wear it. Conversely, if it’s too small you may forget you’re wearing it and not notice when it falls off your waistband while shopping in Whole Foods (I know from experience). It’ll be interesting to see how well the Shine attaches to clothing and how convenient the Shine-to-smartphone data transfer is compared with similar Bluetooth devices.
The wearable-fitness gadget space is a growing one — we hear about a new gadget nearly every week. The best ones have Bluetooth technology and an app plus a web profile to monitor your stats. We’re excited to see how the Shine works. And its sleek style is something to get excited about, too, so you can wear it even if you’re dressed up.
Currently on Indiegogo, $79 will get you the Misfit Shine and a sports wristband; $99 will get you the Shine and a leather wristband. It will reportedly retail for $99.
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