There is a dizzying array of fitness trackers on the market to choose from, so picking one may seem confusing. Just keep in mind that the best device is like a diet: It’s the one that works best for you.
Misfit spokesperson Alyssa Anderson said that right now most activity trackers accomplish the same basic functions — they all aim to help people be more active and healthy. However each brand is carving out a niche with specialized features.
The company’s Shine device touts ease of wearability for the fashion conscious.
It’s a thin, lightweight wafer sensor about the size of a quarter, and designed to be elegant, sleek and simply modern so it can be worn anywhere. It looks as haute with heels or a leather jacket and jeans as it does with workout gear.
“The idea of Shine was to make a device that was truly elegant,” said Anderson. To do so, the company opted for a “Smart jewelry” concept. They used aircraft-grade aluminum and shied away from everything “big, bulky and plastic that screams activity tracker.”
Shine’s other notable feature is that it’s the first waterproof fitness device for up to 50 meters. It’s your mom’s pedometer on steroids. It tracks running, cycling, swimming and sleeping algorithms. Shine's Bluetooth syncs with your smartphone and uses an app to set personalized activity goals, and to reveal stats and trends.
The wafer-sized unit weighs about the same as two quarters and comes in a spectrum of fashion-forward colors. Shine sells for around $99 at most major retail stores or online.
Lynette Summerill is an award-winning writer and watersports junkie living in San Diego. In addition to writing about cancer for EmpowHER, her work has been seen in publications internationally.
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