Misfit Flash Link revealed: A $20 fitness and smart home device
Jul16

Misfit Flash Link revealed: A $20 fitness and smart home device

Following the lead of the budget-conscious Xiaomi Mi Band, Misfit Wearables has released the Flash Link, a $20 plastic clip-on wearable packing more features than its predecessor at a much more affordable price. Aside from the fitness tracking and sleep monitoring capabilities inherent to the Misfit Flash, the Misfit Flash Link functions as a remote control for music, computer presentations, and even camera selfies. On the downside, it requires two separate apps to accomplish all of this- The Misfit Fitness app for activity tracking, and the brand new Misfit Link app for the remainder. Here’s how it works: the button uses single, double, and triple presses as well as a hold function to fulfill different tasks. It is made of plastic, is water resistant, comes in a few different colors (onyx, frost, reef, and Coca-Cola red), and is intended to be clipped on (though it may worn on the wrist with additional bands). And perhaps most exciting – no charging required! The Misfit Flash Link runs on a replaceable coin cell battery that can go up to 6 months before running out of juice. It is refreshing how super simple the Flash Link is; it is just a button, after all. The flip side of the proverbial coin however is that the device can only be programmed for one app at any given time, meaning taking a selfie while skipping a music track is not an option (although how often do these occurrences need to overlap, really?). While the aforementioned dual app requirement and solo functionality of the Link may be an inconvenience for some, the minimalism (as well as the always gratifying pushing of a giant button) inherent to the device is undeniable. It is certainly interesting to watch as Misfit slowly but surely grows into something more than merely a fitness tracker provider. The click-button can already be used with Misfit’s Bolt light bulb, a device that can be remotely programmed for a variety of different settings. Furthermore, there are plans in the works for integration with Logitech Harmony smart home devices, meaning that Apple and Google may have some unexpected competition in the IoT realm. Either way, we are excited to watch as Misfit branches out towards creating cheaper and more versatile...

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The 5 most innovative people in wearables to watch this July
Jul03

The 5 most innovative people in wearables to watch this July

None of our choices for who to watch this month (aside from our first) are incredibly well-known in the wearables game — but that’s is precisely what we believe is going to change change. The following players are only beginning to make waves in the industry, which we are certain will lead to tsunamis (in the best possible way). From the Google Self-Driving Car to software that allows you to customize your smart home down to the smallest detail, below are the 5 people you need to know about in July. Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity + Google Engineer Aside from being a genius, Sebastian Thrun is a jack-of-all-trades. He is the CEO of Udacity, where millions of students have taken online courses and earned accredited degrees. He is a research professor at Stanford University, having previously been the director of the Artifical Intelligence lab there. He also co-invented Google Street View (you may have heard of it). But the reason Thrun is on our list is his role as the lead engineer on the Google Self-Driving Car project, which has been making headlines lately due to the fact that it’s so cool — and there’s bound to be some sort of wearable connectivity once it’s fully baked. Adam Tilton, Co-Founder of Rithmio Rithmio is the world’s leading gesture recognition program. The most unique aspect of the software is its versatility and multi-function application; As Steven Holmes of Intel mentions, “Real-time analytics for user-specific physical activities represents a potential game-changing technology for fitness, physical therapy, and rehabilitation applications.” Adam Tilton and partner Prashant Mehta just helped their company raise $3 million in investments, positioning it to be a game-changing software — literally. Cees Links, Founder + CEO of GreenPeak Technologies GreenPeak Technologies is a Netherlands-based company that provides products for ZigBee, an industry leader in IoT and smart home tech. Since IoT is on the tip of everyone’s tongue as a growing industry with buy-in from all the big wigs (Amazon, Apple, and Samsung, to name a few), we felt it important to include a little-known company that is changing the game by providing software compatible with both IoT and smart home devices. “Both ZigBee and Thread will be dominant in the Smart Home and IoT” says Cees Links. “In order to support both communication technologies, the new [chipset] supports the two protocols in a single QFN package thereby offering a future-proof, low-cost, small footprint, single chip solution.” Jay Sales, Innovation Strategy + Co-Head of The Shop at VSP Global Jay Sales helped found The Shop at eye care mogul VSP Global, an innovation lab that produced Product Genesis. Project Genesis is an activity tracking eyewear prototype. What...

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