Misfit’s been owned by Fossil for less than two months, but we are already seeing the accessory maker’s stylish influence on the brand’s fitness trackers. Misfit’s new Ray is a far cry from the sports watch form factor more common with wearables, and you can dress it up with standard eight-millimetre watch bands.
The Ray’s cylindrical aluminium body measures in at just over three centimetres in length, not including its silicone strap that can be easily swapped out with leather watch bands that use a spring-pin mechanism to attach to it. Fitness tracking metrics include the usual suspects like steps taken, pool lengths swam, or your overnight sleep patterns.
Available in rose gold or carbon black finishes for $100 sometime this spring (UK pricing TBC), the Ray’s only distinguishing feature is a multicolour LED indicator that works alongside a vibration motor inside for subtle feedback about text or call notifications, alarms, or inactivity nudges. It’s also completely waterproof to a depth of 50 metres, and will track your physical activity for a full six months before requiring a new battery.
When paired with the Misfit Link smartphone app the Ray will automatically upload your day-to-day metrics over Bluetooth so you can track your progress over time. But the app can also use the Ray’s accelerometer to detect tapped patterns, cleverly turning the fitness tracker into a wearable camera shutter trigger or music remote configured to your preferences. [Misfit]