Fitness-tracking cylinder conceals high-tech sensors and remote control functionality
Although activity trackers come in a variety of shapes and types, most look like what they're assumed to be. The latest device from Misfit, however, bucks trends with a unique fashion-forward design. The Misfit Ray fitness and sleep monitor features a minimalist, cylindrical aluminum body that keeps track of personal activity no matter how it's worn.
The market for fitness and sleep monitors is a crowded one, but Misfit stands out through its proclivity for designing products that blend together function and simple style. Similar to the Shine 2, the Misfit Ray encapsulates its hardware within a water-resistant, aircraft-grade aluminum body.
Measuring 38 mm long by 12 mm in diameter, the Ray takes on a sleek, versatile form that can rest on wrists or sway from necks via hidden spring bars. Users can opt for a sport or leather band, choose from other Misfit accessories, or create their own way to wear the Ray.
Part of the reason why the Ray is so small is that it doesn't require a cable to charge its integrated battery. Instead, the Ray uses three 393 button cells for power. Users can expect up to six months of battery life before needing replacements.
Unlike activity trackers that feature large displays, such as the TomTom Spark or Polar Loop 2, the Misfit Ray offers only a single multi-color LED that's designed for discreet visual notifications. Along with its internal vibration motor and Bluetooth connectivity, users can be made aware of text/call alerts, alarms, or movement reminders from general inactivity over a period of time.
The Misfit Ray packs a 3-axis accelerometer that, in conjunction with the mobile app for Android and iOS, is designed to measure and evaluate steps, distance, calories burned, activity types, sleep duration, and sleep quality. On top of that, this wearable can function like a remote control through its compatibility with the Misfit Link app. With a few simple taps, the Misfit Ray controls music, takes photos, operates lights, and more.
The Misfit Ray fitness and sleep monitor is currently being showcased at CES 2016 and is available for pre-order, starting at US$99.