Misfit Introduces New Link App and Flash Link Tracker

Misfit Introduces New Link App and Flash Link Tracker

Jul 17, 2015

If you’re into activity tracking with a mobile management bent — and you should be — the latest news from Misfit should be of great interest: it has just launched two new products which look to extend its reach with regards to fitness management.

First, we get a new app called Link, which allows users to take a selfie using an owned Misfit Flash and the hosting smartphone’s camera or Snapchat. It also allows one to control music via specific streaming apps, and we hear more functionality (like IFTTT integration) will be added soon.

The Android build is due out next month.

Next, we get a new tracker in the Flash Link. It looks to underscore the concept of ease of use in mind, and flash linkcomes with the aforementioned Link app compatibility out of the box.

Interestingly enough, the price might be the biggest coup: $19.99.

Misfit’s Vice President of Product and Design Tim Golnik leaves no doubt about the drive to merge affordability with functionality. “We’re focused on making products everyone can use,” he says. “Flash Link is not just a more affordable wearable, it’s a more powerful one.”

According to the press release, Flash Link will be available this quarter.

We’ve been big fans of Misfit, and can’t wait to see how their new products stack up.

[Source: Misfit Press Release]
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AR Health Series: Ssmart Dynamo Activity Tracker Review

AR Health Series: Ssmart Dynamo Activity Tracker Review

Oct 29, 2014

As part of our ongoing health series, we explore connected health accessories with an Android connection. For an introduction to Android Rundown’s mobile health series, check out our editorial.

Health bands and smartwatches are all the rage now; there are several out in the wild, and, thankfully, several corresponding price points. Being healthy is becoming easier to incorporate in one’s lifestyle — in theory, at least. For a lot of folks, having a connected health tracker just makes sense… especially when it can be paired to a ubiquitous always-on device such as a smartphone.

Oregon Scientific is a tech company with good pedigree, and has made a name for itself in the area of personal and home electronics; it’s not too much of a stretch to see why it would throw its hat into the fitness tracker ring. the Ssmart Dynamo Activity Tracker is the fruit of this endeavor.

The Ssmart Dynamo isn’t exactly new, but the review unit shows that, at first glance, it still looks pretty relevant. Outside the box, it’s fairly sedate; the black unit is mostly constructed of hardy rubber, and looks somewhat like a faceless watch, with a logo-ed strap. The stated stats are 3.4 x 5.25 x 3.4 inches, and it weighs 0.8 ounces. It packs a built in battery, a bluetooth module and familiar sports clasp mechanism for securing it to one’s wrist. It has colored LEDs that are hidden when not in use, and there is also a button near the “top” of the device. It has a clean, deliberate feel to it, and almost begs to be put on. The review package also contains a nifty charging cable and documentation.

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Prior to rocking it, the unit has to be charged. I liked the included USB cable; it does use a proprietary charging system, and its suggested that unit be charged for an hour. Then, the companion OS Dynamo App can be downloaded and paired to the unit via long-pressing the Dynamo until the requisite blue light appears. The app serves as the portal to view the collected data, and the way to track data is to do things.

The unit acts like a basic pedometer, and also measures other activities, including sleep. Measurements garnered seem a bit off, and I think this where specific modes (outside sleep) could be useful. The collated data has an on-device shelf-life of a fortnight. It’s comfortable when worn, oo.

The system works as a decent guide, but I think the sync mechanism could be more seamless. To sync data, one has to press the button for a few seconds each time. The app could be a bit more user-friendly, too. The share functionality is useful, and I like the sleep measurements, even though it must be turned on prior to falling asleep.

All in all, the Dynamo might be a tenured product, but it still works in a crowded field. For the health conscious, it can be, at the very least, a great motivator.