The wearable tech category has seen some intense stratification in its infancy. From Fitbits to Android Wear, the Runcible (when will that ever come?) to Neptune, we’ve seen plenty of cross-streaming between exercise and communication orientations. Some have tried to do both in spectacular fashion. Others have taken a simpler tack. But now, instead of an “in-between,” we have a category offshoot.
Misfit is debuting the Shine 2, a fitness and sleep monitor that retains some of the wristwatch tropes, throws on some whimsy and changes your home at the flick of the wrist.
The form factor comes in either Carbon Black or Rose Gold — as if those four words haven’t been played to death, but they look nice — in an aircraft-grade aluminium fit-and-finish, measuring 8 mm at its thickest and 3.3 mm thick at the edge of the case. It’s resistant to water down 50 meters deep. You change in your button cell battery every six or so months. You’re also given a sport band, clasp and action clip (getting outside of that wrist area) out of the box.
The whimsy part is with the twelve full-color LEDs that tell time, exercise progress and other notifications. The innards include a haptic engine, three-axis accelerometer, three-axis magnetomater, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
Finally, there’s connected devices control with Misfit Link: of course, you could do remote shutter, music playback controls and the like on your smartphone, but there’s IFTTT and Logitech Harmony Home Hub compatibility, too. That means scheduling your Venetian blinds openings, remotely shutting off your lights, so on and so forth.
The complementary Misfit app comes in Android (v4.3 or above with BLE), iOS (iPhone 4s, iPod touch 5 and iPad 3 and above) and even Windows Phone (8.1) flavors.
So, in other words, it’s a fitness tracker with the connectivity of a smartwatch, but none of the complications.
If that interests you, sales have started on Misfit’s site and will be in brick-and-mortar stores on November 1 worldwide with a retail price of $99.99 in the US.