Activity monitors have been gaining in popularity, especially the FitBit and the Jawbone UP. According to Wired, the new Shine tracker, which is now on sale in the Apple store for $120, has one feature that makes it stand out from the rest. It is designed to blend in with other nonathletic accessories, and it can be worn in a variety of ways: as a necklace, a bracelet, or a watch, or clipped to a piece of clothing.
This tracker displays the time—when a user taps on it—using small lights in the shape of an analog clock. It can also track your sleep (much as other high-end trackers) and syncs wirelessly via your iPhone when Shine is tapped or brought up on screen.
According to Misfit Wearables, manufacturer of the device, each Shine is made out of aluminum and is “built to last a lifetime.” With the tagline that Shine is “engineered to make you look great,” Misfit has made their activity monitor stand out by focusing on both the design and the features.
Besides counting steps, the wireless activity monitor also tracks distance, estimates calories burned, and registers sleeping habits (based on movement). The device, unlike the FitBit One, does not currently track flights of stairs.
Battery Life and Speculations
Each Shine device comes with a nonrechargable battery that the company estimates will have to be replaced about every four months. The batteries will soon be available via the website, but the proper sizes are also available at drugstores and watch shops. The owner can replace the battery using an included tool which removes the back of the device.
Besides using the tracker to record running or walking data each day, it will also translate other movements into steps. While the team works to enhance the technology that tracks movement to translate it into something besides steps, there are numerous features that make the Shine useful for all types of athletes. For instance, it is extremely water-resistant and will also stand up to most people’s workouts.
Besides tracking exercise movements or just steps walked on an average day of the week, users may find it useful to track their sleeping patterns. The company also notes that the simple act of wearing an activity tracking gadget inspires people to engage in small behaviors that inject more activity into their everyday life, such as parking in the most remote parking spot or walking the dog for 15 additional minutes.
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