FITTING IN FUNCTION AND FASHION
Presenting the Misfit Ray, a brand new wearable that redefines functional fitness fashion
Fitness trackers are all the rage right now, but with a market overwhelmed by different brands and features, it can be slightly intimidating to many who venture into it for the very first time. Ultimately, all fitness trackers aim to do the same thing: they keep you in touch with your daily fitness and lifestyle. Features vary from one device to another, but the standard models usually track your steps, calories and monitor sleep. Design and size-wise, they are often devices you wear on your wrist in the place of or alongside your watch.
No doubt, wrist-type wearables are convenient, but one can’t help feeling that once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all – all hundreds of them.
The new Misfit Ray begs to differ. It ticks off the basic functions you’d expect from any regular fitness tracker, but it charms those who don’t exercise regularly as much as it does to those who lead an active lifestyle. Consider the Misfit Ray the smaller, slimmer sibling of the Misfit Shine 2. FITNESS On the surface, the Ray counts your daily steps, distance travelled, calories burned, as well as sleep duration and quality (more on that later). It also sends you customisable reminders to get up and stretch your legs at intervals – something many of us desk-
oriented working adults are much in need of. These features lay the foundation for the goal of taking care of yourself, health and work-wise. And it doesn’t hurt that it blends in like a stylish bracelet. STYLE How many wearables can you stack on your wrist before you start looking silly? If your fitness band doesn’t tell the time, you might still want to wear your watch. Thankfully, the Ray was designed to look like a slim sportsband that easily passes off as a fashion accessory. It doesn’t share the Misfit Shine 2’s round watch-like face, so wearing it next to your watch is really no big deal. Every purchase comes with one band of your choice – sport or leather. The Misfit Ray can also be worn as a necklace (the accessories for that are sold separately, and are coming soon!) and come in muted colour options to underline how low-key it is. How else would it effortlessly complement your watches, bracelets and jewellery? The Ray can look sophisticated or sporty, understated or bold. It’s all up to the wearer. STAYING CONNECTED By downloading the Misfit Link app (available for iOS and Android devices) onto your mobile device, you can sync it with the Misfit Ray and receive text and call notifications, alarms and reminders. The prompts come in the form of vibration alerts and a single multicolour LED light on the cylinder. Think of this unobtrusive tracker as the politer version of smartwatches or wearable devices with touch screens. It doesn’t stop there: you have the option of turning the Ray into a remote for connected household devices. With just a few clicks of the smart button, you can turn on the lights (if your home is enabled to be a “smart home”), play your favourite music or take a selfie. SLEEP Sleep is important – the old adage we throw around to tell ourselves that there is a simple solution to starting the next day refreshed. However, getting a good night’s sleep is not just about clocking in a certain amount of hours a night. How well you sleep plays a huge factor in how rested you are. We’ll state the obvious and say this: you can’t monitor your own sleep. So the Misfit Ray does it for you, and if reviews are to be believed, its sleep tracking function is one of the most accurate in the market now. Linked with the Misfit Link app, the tracker also provides reports on sleep trends, and can be as specific as detecting light and deep sleep. The Misfit Ray stays with you until you wake up, too. Set a time and the Ray nudges you awake when it detects you are in light sleep mode and nearing your wake-up time. FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Like most Misfit wearables, the Ray has non-rechargeable batteries that require replacing roughly every four to six months. This means that your fitness tracker doesn’t miss a beat of your hectic lifestyle. Its standout feature is perhaps not even the sleep tracker, but the fact that it seamlessly blends into your daily life.
“We designed Ray to be your most valuable accessory,” said Tim Golnik, Misfit Vice President of Product and Design. “Ray’s design distils the essential performance of our wearables and opens up a world of style possibilities.”
The best thing that can happen from joining the Misfit Ray bandwagon? The motivation to improve your health and sleep pattern. And isn’t that a good thing?
The Misfit Ray fitness and sleep tracker