Misfit Shine – A Sleek, New Activity Tracker

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Finding it difficult to stick to that New Year’s resolution to exercise more? Maybe the problem is you’re lack of quantitative feedback on just how well you really are doing. A new activity tracker that can be worn just about anywhere might just be the answer to confirm – or, oops, reject – just how well you’re actually doing.

Misfit Shine is a wearable activity tracking device about the size of a Nilla Wafer (or, if you’re too young, about two stacked quarters). Its smooth, elegant shell is carved from a block aircraft-grade aluminum so it can take a whacking and keep on tracking while you jog, bike, or, because it’s waterproof, swim. There are no buttons to push. You just tap the surface

The aluminum casing makes wireless communication difficult. The company developed a new Wi-Fi technology to get around this. Placing Shine on a smartphone allows it to communicate to an app that reads and stores the data. The app, which runs on iOS5+ and Android 4.0+, can be used to set goals and track progress toward reaching them. And you won’t even have to break stride to check your progress. Tap the Shine during exercise and a series of orange lights indicate how close you are to reaching your goal A battery lasting six months supplies power to Shine. The small device can be worn on belts, shirts, shoes, just about anywhere. Leather bands are available so that Shine can be worn like a watch. The company is also planning on making necklace attachments as well. An activity tracker this sleek could very well pass for a necklace – c’mon, we’ve all seen worse.

Just place Shine on a smartphone to transfer data.

The Shine is currently nearing the end of an exceedingly successful Indiegogo campaign. In one of the website’s biggest, Shine reached its goal of raising $100,000 in under ten hours. At the time of this writing, the campaign has raised $650,119.

The Shines come in two flavors: the silver model costs $79 and the black one $129. Working prototypes have already been completed and Misfit Wearables is now planning on moving its resources toward production. The company expects to launch Shine in the next few months.

There are a lot of activity trackers out there. Here’s DailyTekk’s top ten. But one thing that Shine has that others don’t is the backing of former Apple CEO John Scully. And while we don’t know which will dominate the field, Shine’s amazing Indigogo jumpstart is easy to track.

Peter Murray

Peter Murray was born in Boston in 1973. He earned a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying gene expression in the neocortex. Following his dissertation work he spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the same university studying brain mechanisms of pain and motor control. He completed a collection of short stories in 2010 and has been writing for Singularity Hub since March 2011.

Discussion — 3 Responses

  • vmagna January 15, 2013 on 11:33 am
  • Singularity Utopia January 16, 2013 on 4:38 am

    Nilla Wafer “if you’re too young” or if you don’t live in the USA. Nilla Wafers seem to be a US product thus regardless of age if you have never lived in the US it is likely you will have never heard about Nilla Wafers. Not really relevant to the article but perhaps worth mentioning that not all readers are from the US.

  • Singularity Utopia January 16, 2013 on 4:46 am

    Also “two stacked quarters.” Quarters of what? Cake? Cheese? Or the US currency? I don’t really have a clear idea of how big a US quarter is. I suppose these points I am making could seem petty but it is important make sure Singularity topics have a global appeal, which could be facilitated by not making visual references to US products or currency, references which likely will not be familiar to people outside the US. The Singularity is a bigger issue than Silicon Valley or the USA.