The Speedo Shine is a new version of Misfit's tiny fitness tracker, which was launched all the way back in 2013. Unlike the original release, the new tracker is aimed at swimming, offering accurate tracking for any stroke type.
Like the original Shine, the new product tracks steps and calories, as well as monitoring sleep. The big addition with the Speedo-branded version comes in the form of a swim lap counter and swim distance tracking. Misfit says the accuracy of the swim tracking is validated by Speedo's Aqualab Testing, and it will work with any stroke type. The new tracker is waterproof up to 50 meters (164 ft).
While this version of the Shine is designed for swimmers, it will also work just as well for other activities like running, cycling and walking. There's a series of LEDs around the circular device for tracking progress, and the device connects to iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth 4.1, working with the company's companion app.
Built from aircraft-grade aluminum, the 27.5mm (1.1 in) diameter disk can sit inside its strap, or be clipped onto clothing. It runs on a coin cell battery, so you won't have to worry about keeping it juiced up (though you will have to swap in a new battery, which only costs a few dollars at the most, after about six months).
The Speedo Shine is available for pre-order for US$80 – $10 more than the standard Shine. It's set to ship at the beginning of September.
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