One of the most significant impacts that technology has had on my life is the Misfit Shine. I had received the Shine as a gift this past Christmas and I immediately began using it.
Here are a few aspects where the Shine stands apart as a product:
-Tracks activity level with the ability to set goals
-Tracks sleep level with the ability to set goals
-Tracks weight with the ability to set goals
-Ability to review data on a daily and weekly basis
Beyond the physical device that monitors activity and sleep, the other features are accomplished via an app.
Since using the Misfit Shine I have noticed a regular increase in my activity level. As an entrepreneur I spend most of my time working with electronic devices and I find it easy to forget about consciously engaging in physical exercise. This is no longer an issue with the Shine. The Misfit Shine has increased my awareness of my activity and presents daily goals through a point system – gamification of activity.
I really love the aesthetic design of the product and app. I wear the Misfit Shine as a watch and find it matches my style and is something I am proud of showing others who inquire. The dot system is really unique and feels like a perceived futuristic way of indicating progress and time on the physical Shine itself. The progress display is mimicked in the virtual app.
Another great feature of the Misfit Shine is that it is waterproof. You can wear the Shine while you shower, swim, or in the rain. It’s actually quite nice not to have to concern myself with putting it on and taking it off at various times, it is now just a permanent fixture of myself.
The Misfit Shine hardware is powered by a watch battery – so no recharging necessary.
Finally, one of the best features of the Misfit Shine is that it integrates with the Lose It app. Lose It is a great way to measure calories and track meals. The Misfit integration automatically sends your activity data to Lose It and the activity calories are deducted from your overall allowance goals.
Not since the iPad have I come across a product that has had such an impact on the quality of my life. The Misfit Shine is an elegant and fun way to monitor, maintain (or increase) your activity level while having fun doing it.
I have included a handful of screenshots from the app with brief descriptions.
The first is a screen capture of the daily activity monitor. The ring indicates progress and in this instance, is shown as complete; there is also an indication of points – I exceeded my goal of 700 points by achieving 717 points of activity. The trophy icon within the graph shows at what point I hit the goal.
The next image shows weekly activity. Similar to the daily activity display, the weekly activity shows achieved points versus goal. For this past week I exceeded my goal by 341 points. There is also a graph showing overall activity progress for the week (orange) plotted against the average Misfit Shine user (gray dotted line) and a green dotted line indicating the goal threshold.
The next image shows daily sleep monitoring. For daily sleep on January 31, 2015 it looks as if I fell really short of my sleep goal by only having 4:44 hours of my set 8 hour goal. It also shows that I had 2 hours and 5 minutes of restful sleep. At this time I’m not sure how much restful sleep is recommended as opposed to regular sleep, so if anyone has any insight I would love to hear it! This display also shows that my sleep occurred from 4:00 AM to 8:52 AM on this particular evening.
Next is the weekly sleep monitoring. This shows that on average I exceeded my sleep goal, but the daily data points show that there were four days where I exceeded the goal, two days where I fell short, and one day where I was spot on.
Next is a display of the weight monitoring feature. On this particular day I did not enter a weight and the graph shows my previously entered weights compared against my goal. I mainly use the Lose It app for weight tracking and goal setting, but have recently begun using it on Misfit as well. It may be useful to have the weight data alongside my activity and sleep data all in one place.
The next four screen captures show the social aspect of the Misfit Shine. This particular image shows that so far today I have achieved 136 points compared to the average Misfit user who has scored 479 points. Obviously I have some work to do today!
This shows the same information as the preceding display but for the day before.
One of the coolest features of Misfit Shine is the world feed. This is basically a running feed of community members achieving their goals. Misfit even gives encouragement! The world feed is similar to a read-only Twitter feed of Misfit Shine community member accomplishments. This feature is opt-in but I highly recommend doing so as I find it to be very encouraging!
The final image is the individual Misfit Shine profile. This displays your name, date joined, your best streak, personal best, your total goals hit, and friends. At the moment I am the lone user of the Misfit Shine within my circle of friends, so I am interested in meeting new people to connect with there. If interested either add me as a friend or send me an e-mail at info(@)jrsedivy.com.
For more information on the Misfit Shine visit the Misift Shine website. If you have any questions concerning this article, the Misfit Shine, or any other information relating to how technology can improve your life feel free to send me an e-mail at info(@)jrsedivy.com or leave a comment below.