Misfit Debuts The Shine 2, A Bigger, More Powerful Version Of Its Flagship …

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Misfit Debuts The Shine 2, A Bigger, More Powerful Version Of Its Flagship Activity & Sleep Tracker.

Misfit Inc. has been a key player in bringing down the price of fitness trackers. Over two years ago, Misfit launched an activity monitor called “Shine,” which was among the first breakout successes in the wearable space, offering an attractive alternative to competitors’ then more plastic-looking fitness trackers. In the years since, the company has expanded its product line to include a range of connected devices, including also sleep monitors and connected lightbulbs.

The new device, both a fitness and sleep monitor, features an updated design, a number of new sensors allowing for additional data collection, and improved touch responsiveness. It’ll track steps, calories, distance traveled and sleep quality, as well as activities such as swimming, basketball, tennis, soccer, yoga and dance. The Shine 2 now comes with color LEDs that lets the wearable do all sorts of new things, like tell time and differentiate between certain notifications (blue means “text” and green means “phone call” for example). As a prior Shine owner, I can attest to this problem – thanks to the Shine’s magnet, and its tendency to pop out of its band, I lost a couple of Shines previously.

Shine 2 also has a ring of 12 LEDs that can display up to 16 million colors, which users will be able to customize in Misfit’s corresponding fitness tracking app for specific app notifications and even multi-colored animations. The company says it has also improved its tap detection algorithms quite a bit – something that could address some of the troubles original Shine owners had with their devices.

Now with a host of devices at varying price points, Misfit has the potential to carve out a niche for itself as a lower-cost alternative to pricier smartwatches, including Apple’s, by offering the basic functionality they do, including activity tracking, alert notifications, and more.

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