Misfit Shine

Needless to say, there is no shortage of pedometers.  In fact, Nike just announced an new Fuelband, the Fuelband SE.  And in early October Fitbit announced the Force, which is effectively an updated version of their Flex, complete with a screen and the ability to measure sleep, activities and floors climbed.  Entering the fray, by way of crowd funding platform Indiegogo, is the Misfit Shine.

The Misfit Shine raised over $845,00 on November 12th and begin shipping units to backers in late August of this year.  I received my review unit not too long ago and here are some of my initial thoughts about the pedometer.

1. Time is classic and digital

Tapping twice on the Misfit Shine illuminates its LED lights.  In addition to showing your progress, it can also display the time of day, albeit some what cryptically.  The solid LED light indicates hour, while the blinking one indicates minute.  After some acclimation it’s easy enough to read the time, but I’m still not comfortable wearing it as a standalone watch.  Of note, you’ll need to make sure that the 12 o’clock indicator is correctly oriented, otherwise the time feature won’t be readable – there is an indicator on the back of Shine.

2. Wear it  many ways

Included in the box is a wrist strap.  You just need to slip the Misfit Shine into the rubber circle and thanks to the concave edged design, it will stay in place.  Also included in the box is a magnetic strap that allows you to adhere the Misfit Shine to virtually any piece of clothing; pants pocks, shirt, etc.

3. Watch Battery

The installation instructions are a bit vague, and for future use you’ll want to hold onto the included tool for opening the back of the Misfit Shine.  If done correctly, it’s pretty simple.  I on the other hand read them as if the entire Misfit Shine split apart.  Boy, was I wrong.  In the box you’ll find a standard watch battery.  Although it’s not rechargeable, they say it will last for up to 4 months without the need to recharge.

4. Waterproof

The Misfit Shine is completely waterproof.  Moreover, you can set the triple tap function – this records an activity – to swimming.  Other activities include tennis, cycling, soccer, sleep and a few others.

5. Slow to tap

I believe a software update just addressed this, but based on my limited experience, the Misfit Shine sometime won’t react to my double tap.  That, or the Shine goes into a deeper sleep when not tapped for an extended period and thus conserves battery life.  But that’s conjecture and hopefully the software update will fix this. That said, two taps activates the time and progress bar (which appears first is up to you), while three taps activates an activity.

6. Auto Activity Tracker

The Misfit Shine can tell when you’re more active versus less.  This is represented by tiles in the Misfit Shine smartphone app.  Walking shows a “kinda active” tile, where as working out, such as lifting weights, shows “pretty active”.  Unfortunately, I’ve got an ankle injury and haven’t been able to run in months, so I can’t speak to jogging with regard to the Misfit Shine.

7. Simple app

The Misfit Shine, unlike some other pedometer apps, is simple and straight forward.  No food entry, or multiple mood settings to enter.  Moreover, the tiles make it visually appealing and easy to use.  Like Nike’s Fuelband, the Shine uses a point system instead of just steps, calories or miles completed.  In any event, it’s easy to garner an understanding about your activity, at least at a glance.

8.  Sleep

The jury is still out on this one.  You have to “tap” yourself into sleep – three taps – and it would seem that the Misfit Shine isn’t able to detect when you’re actually sleeping – mine showed light sleep when I was still awake.  However, they just issued an update today that addresses this, which includes a better sleep algorithm, so I’ll continue to test this feature and report back in my full review.  That all said, there is no silent alarm function.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."