Misfit Gets Update

Misfit Gets Update

May 29, 2016

Misfit, the companion application to the well-received activity tracking hardware just got an update.

Details, per Google Play, are as follows:

WHAT’S NEW

– Our estimated pulse detector is open to all users
– Standalone features are now accessible to users with devices
– Google Fit is integrated
– Integration with the WeChat Sports for Chinese-speaking users
– We now offer a new Speedo Tutorial

The Misfit app remains free on Google Play.

Acer Releases Liquid Leap+ Fitness Tracker in the US

Acer Releases Liquid Leap+ Fitness Tracker in the US

Jul 20, 2015

Acer has just unleashed the Liquid Leap+ in the US; this is the first tracker Acer has brought to the American market.

The device is compatible with Android OS (plus Windows and iOS), is water-proof, and expectantly packs in a bunch of health-conscious fitness tracking functionality. It pairs with compatible devices via Bluetooth 4.0 LE. It also has a built-in battery that can last up to 7 days.

Acer America’s Smart Products Business Group Vice President Hugo Hernandez talks about its design and functionality. “The Acer Liquid Leap+ was designed to inspire and improve the daily lives of active technology enthusiasts,” he says. “It’s incredibly easy to use for tracking important aspects of health, while it provides additional useful features. In addition, the sleek and stylish design and interchangeable bands look great with a range of styles.”

The Acer Liquid Leap+ can be incorporated with bands that come in multiple colors (black, green and pink) as well. It is available now via Acer’s website for $79.99.

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AR Health Series: Misfit Shine Review

AR Health Series: Misfit Shine Review

Mar 3, 2015

The Misfit Shine is hardly new, but it shouldn’t be a surprise that plenty of people still consider it a piece worth at least trying out.

We were eager to get the review unit Misfit sent us, the unit itself is tiny, barely bigger than a quarter in circumference; the unit contains a battery, and fits into a watch-like band. It’s quite light, almost slender on the wrist, but reasonably nondescript for something crafted from aircraft grade aluminum. It is waterproof, and grayish in color (there are other color choices), which mostly hides the incorporated series of LEDs when they are not lighted..

A big part of the solution is the Misfit app; the app is the portal with which the app records and translates accumulated data. The app has gotten better over time, with a clean interface and simple controls. The app has a sync button at the top right of the main screen, ad this allows the physical unit to offload data via Bluetooth. Additionally, the app also interfaces with several established Android fitness utilities, like Runkeeper and MapMyFitness. The unit does not need to be formally synced to the app-holding device, but the two do need to be reasonably close.

Now what it sets out to do is keep track of activity as well as sleep. It estimates such using a precision 3-axis accelerometer, and syncs to the app, which can then interprets said data for easy consumption. Tapping the unit twice reveals a clock function using the LEDs

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The sync procedure can be frustrating at times; the tapping mechanism is great on paper, but finicky in practice, such that I felt like I had to do a quick sync periodically just to ensure that everything was working as it should. Also, having used it on both iOS and Android, the former is more fully featured, and some of the advertised third-party app compatibility was temperamental.

After extended use though, I am a huge fan of the overall premise of functionality. It’s an exceptionally simple device, but manages to convey a sense of sleekness that is not forced or overdone. The ability to use the main piece in several ways makes it even handier, and the ability to customize it further with bands and even necklace holders is an attractive extra. According to Misfit Inc, as it (the company) expands to home automation, one can expect the Shine to do even more.

As a passive health/sleep tracking accessory, it is a surprisingly elegant solution, and current prices (under $80 on Amazon) ensure that even this long after its initial debut, it is still a veritable option for the health conscious.

Huawei TalkBand Available in the US Starting This Month

Huawei TalkBand Available in the US Starting This Month

Nov 6, 2014

The Huawei Talkband, a fitness tracker with cross-platform connectivity and headset functionality, will be available for purchase this month.

Excerpts from the press release:

Huawei’s TalkBand B1, the world’s 1st fitness tracker with an integrated Bluetooth earpiece and the perfect hybrid talk and track companion for mobile devices, will be available beginning November 14 in the United States through GetHuawei.com, Newegg.com, Amazon.com, and Fry’s Electronics.

The TalkBand B1 is the perfect balance between work and play: A wireless activity tracker and Bluetooth headset in one, a hybrid that connects to your mobile device so you can talk and track activities effortlessly. The TalkBand B1 wirelessly tracks activity time and progress, including steps taken, miles covered and calories burned. It intelligently records the duration and quality of sleep, and has a smart alarm and nap functions to help improve rest.

With an embedded Bluetooth 4.1 wireless earpiece, the TalkBand B1 features fast pairing and enables up to seven hours of continuous calling. The TalkBand B1 is designed to support wireless calling on both Android 4.0+ and iOS 5.0+ compatible devices, and syncs effortlessly via NFC.

TalkBand B1 is made of hypo-allergenic, sweat-resistant and anti-UV materials to prevent aging and discoloration and features and includes a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display. The device has a fashionable bendable curve design that fits perfectly around the wrist, and the earpiece sits securely within the band and is easily removable when needed. With a 90 mAh battery, the TalkBand B1 lasts six days without the need to recharge, and takes only two hours to charge using the integrated USB connector. The TalkBand also comes with added security features that alert the wearer by vibrating if the TalkBand is more than 10 meters away from the synced smart device.

The TalkBand is due out on November 14th, and will cost $129.99

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[Source: Huawei Press Release]