FIT­TING IN FUNC­TION AND FASH­ION

Pre­sent­ing the Mis­fit Ray, a brand new wear­able that re­de­fines func­tional fit­ness fash­ion

Men's Health (Malaysia) - - News -

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

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