Misfit debuts its upgraded activity and sleep tracker, the Shine 2. This aluminum tracker performs the same basic functions of the Apple watch, like activity tracking and call/text notifications, but has a much lower price-tag.
If the idea of the Apple watch intrigues you, but the $600 price tag scares you, then Misfit’s latest gadget might be for you. Two years ago, Misfit claimed a large chunk in the wearable space market with its activity monitor Shine, which was designed as a more attractive, aluminum tracker than its plastic-looking competitors. The Shine 2 was recently released, which is an upgraded version of Misfit’s Shine. Some of the specs for Shine 2 include: a vibration motor, a capacitive sensor, bluetooth technology, 12 LED lights, a 3-axis magnetometer and a 3-axis accelerometer, a 6-month battery life, water resistance, and more.
The Shine 2’s 3-axis magnetometer, a way to measure rotational movements, improves the capabilities of the original Shine by more accurately tracking activity and sleep. Also, the Shine 2’s capacitive sensor provides for improved tap detection so that the Shine 2 has more advanced touch responsiveness. Similar to the Apple watch, the Shine 2 alerts the wearer of calls and texts. Another cool feature is called the ‘Misfit Move,’ which uses vibration technology to prod the wearer to get moving. While Shine 2 is not as fully functional as the Apple watch, it is still capable of performing the same basic functions as the watch but with a much lower price tag of $99 versus the $600 Apple watch.