The fact that it’s now a Fossil-owned company doesn’t stop Misfit from announcing new products. Quite the contrary, the wearable device maker used this year’s CES to announce two new products — the fancy-looking Misfit Ray Fitness and Sleep Monitor, and smart headphones called Specter — both of which have that simplistic, yet tasteful design we came to expect from Misfit.
The Ray is more of a fitness jewelry than “yet another activity tracker” and, it could be worn on the wrist or as a necklace. With a different than other Misfit wearables form factor, Ray’s cylindrical aluminum body kinda reminds us on some Jawbone-made wristband.
The Ray is 12mm in diameter and 38mm long, and is made to complement — rather than replace — a watch, a bracelet, or even a fine piece of jewelry. Its design is modular, making it easy to personalize.
Under the hood, the device rocks a 3-axis accelerometer, a vibration motor, a single multicolor LED eye, and a battery that will last for up to 6 months. The water-resistant (up to 50 meters) product will also deliver notifications from a connected smartphone where it will communicate with the help of the Misfit Link app.
The Ray comes in Rose Gold and Carbon Black, and is now available for pre-order on misfit.com, with retail locations worldwide getting it in Spring 2016. The MSRP is set at $99.99.
This is Misfit’s first device to fit into the emerging “hearable” products category. It too will keep up with one’s steps and sleep, but — also like other Misfit devices — it won’t track your heart rate. That’s kind weird considering that few other similar headphones do offer this capability.
The Specter promises deep bass and clear treble, as well as noise isolation.Anyway, Misfit made sure its headphones look better than (most) competing devices, while offering great sound quality. The company has teamed-up with Chinese acoustic technology company 1MORE, and has grabbed endorsements from four-time Grammy winner and music producer Luca Bignardi. The Specter promises deep bass and clear treble, as well as noise isolation to allow for necessary ambient noise, and hearing protection safeguards.
The activity tracking technology is housed in a small module that’s attached to the end of the cord. This piece can easily be attached to clothing, so that it doesn’t flap around as you move.
The Misfit Specter will be available later this year with a price tag somewhere between $100 and $200. That’s a wide range which could easily make or break this product.