Misfit’s been owned by Fossil for less than two months, but are we already seeing the accessory maker’s stylish influence on the brand’s fitness trackers? Misfit’s new Ray is a far cry from the sports watch form factor more common with wearables, and you can dress it up with standard eight-millimeter watch bands.
The Ray’s cylindrical aluminum body measures in at just over 1.25 inches in length, not including its silicone strap that can be easily swapped out with leather watch bands that use a spring-pin mechanism to attach. Fitness tracking metrics include the usual suspects like steps taken or pool lengths traveled.
Available in rose gold or carbon black finishes for $100 sometime this spring, the Ray’s only distinguishing feature is a multicolor LED indicator that works alongside a vibration motor inside for subtle feedback about text or call notifications, alarms, or inactivity nudges. It’s also completely waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, and will track your physical activity for a full six months before requiring a new battery.
When paired with the Misfit Link smartphone app, the Ray will automatically upload your day-to-day metrics over Bluetooth so you can track progress over time. But the app can also use the Ray’s accelerometer to detect tapped patterns, cleverly turning the fitness tracker into a wearable camera shutter trigger or music remote configured to your preferences.