Misfit Shine – Review
As evidenced by the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and the attention that products such as Google Glass and smart watches are garnering, wearable tech is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. In addition, the market for fitness activity monitors is becoming less exclusive to the serious athlete and expanding to serve the health-conscious techie.
Enter Misfit Wearables and the Misfit Shine, a sleek and stylish wearable activity monitor. The Shine is one of the more attractive activity monitoring devices and is marketed in part as a fashion accessory.
At first glance, the less-than-10-gram metal disc looks like a quarter. It’s about the same size, and the aluminum face of the device has no screen. Instead, a ring of twelve LEDs around its perimeter are used to communicate activity status and also the time.
Using a 3-axis accelerometer, the Shine can differentiate between a number of activities, including sleep, walking, swimming (yes, it’s waterproof), and tennis. , Misfit claims that the device will last a lifetime, and there’s no reason to disbelieve the claim. While its soft aluminum surface is susceptible to minor scratches, the patina will just add character to the device.
SETTING UP THE MISFIT SHINE
The Shine is accompanied by no written instructions to speak of. A fairly straightforward diagram of images helped me remove the Shine from its case and insert the battery, although it took a few tries to align the two pieces of casing properly. A small metal wedge comes with the Shine and is used to pop it open to swap out the CR2 battery, which lasts between four and six months’ use.
At this point I knew my Shine wasn’t ready to use yet, but I was a little bewildered as to what to do next. I turned to the Internet for help, and discovered that the Shine needs to be synched with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-enabled device to complete setup. I whipped out my iPad Mini and, a few moments later, had entered my height, weight, and age, and linked the Shine with my new account.
USING THE MISFIT SHINE
The Shine may be attached to shoes, belts, eyeglasses, or can be attached to clothing using the included magnetic clasp. An optional sports band is available ($19.95) and lets users wear the Shine on arms or wrists. Alternatively, it may be just placed in a pocket. Other accessories, including a leather wristband and necklace are sold separately at $49.95 each.
I wore the Shine around my wrist using the leather band, and set up a goal of 1,200 points a day, achievable through two hours of walking, 45 minutes of running, or an hour of swimming.
Throughout the day, I checked my progress by double tapping the face of the Shine and watching the LEDs light up. One has to imagine that the device is a circular loading bar and lights will progress clockwise as one gets closer to reaching his goal. When all the LEDs are lit, the day’s goal has been met.
Triple-tapping the Shine is used to switch the type of activity being monitored. At the present, it can only alternate between walking and one other activity that is pre-selected in the Misfit Labs tab (under My Shine in the app) which currently offers only a choice between cycling, swimming, tennis, basketball, or soccer.
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