Ever wonder what became of the ideas that you once saw on Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Well, today we will be covering one such project which was posted on Indiegogo and now has reached the end of the life cycle to become a product. The Misfit Shine is a pedometer or activity tracker of the likes of Fitbit and Fuelband.
The successfully crowdfunded project has a unique design that looks infinitely better than other ‘wearable’ fitness trackers. It looks very space age and minimalistic, like a futuristic piece of jewelry. The Misfit Shine feels like a small smooth pebble with only 12 small LEDs placed around the rim and nothing else.
The Misfit Shine is composed of aerospace grade aluminum and is approximately the size of a quarter. There are 1,560 laser drilled holes which permit light through while keeping water out. It isn’t waterproof but is water-resistant for showering and swimming. The package of Misfit Shine contains the activity tracker, 2 CR2032 coin cell batteries, magnetic clasp, opening tool and a sports band wrist strap.
The battery runs for about 4 months, which is great because you don’t want to charge your tracker every time you went for a run rather it should be like a watch and the battery could be replaced after a couple of months conveniently. There is actually an extra battery also included with the tracker for the first change. I think that is really thoughtful so you won’t have to run around when you need a replacement.
To open the Misfit Shine you’ll have to use the tool provided. Put the small wedge in the slot on the device and it will pop open. Although inside the tracker there isn’t anything really. The cell goes in the upper ‘disc’ and is kept in place by using a magnet. Close the tracker by snapping the two pieces back together.
The Misfit Shine can be carried in your pocket or can be attached to a rubber holder (2 of which are included) and worn on the wrist. If rubber isn’t really your style you can get a leather band or necklace separately for $79.95. Unlike other sports bands the Misfit Shine is pretty comfortable you won’t notice it is there even while sleeping.
Now that you know what it looks like let’s talk about what it does. It is really easy to use the device and there is only a single step involved- wear it. Then just go about your exercise or sleep and that is it. To track your progress tap the device on the top and the circle of LEDs lights up. The closer you are to your daily goal, the more LEDs light up. When it has shown you the progress it will show you the time again using the LEDs. First the LED at the 12 o’clock position lights up, then the current hour position and finally the one at the current minute position. They blink for a few seconds then the lights fade off.
Your movement is mapped using a high precision 3 axis accelerometer. For setting your daily goal you have to make use of the iOS application sadly there isn’t an Android app for the Misfit Shine yet. You set a number of points as a goal and when you walk, run or swim you gain points. The scale is 10 points for a 100 steps. The default goal is 1,000 points.
Some argue that this isn’t convenient but I think syncing the device with the app is really easy. Just place the Misfit Shine on the screen and wait a few seconds. The rest is done automatically. The device transfers the data and you can now see all the cool graphs and charts of what you have been up to. The stats are presented very well and it is really simple to make sense of. It shows calories burned and steps taken etc. You can also track your sleep with the Misfit Shine although, I admit not very well when compared with other trackers. To do this, just tap thrice when going to bed and when waking up.
It really seems like a cool gadget to have but it definitely puts style over substance. The need for an Android app and the addition of some features which are standard with other smart watches cripple what could be an excellent alternative to the likes of the Jawbone Up and Fitbit. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!