Misfit’s button-sized Shine fitness tracker is already waterproof to a depth of over 46 metres, so swimmers don’t need to take it off while training. But since accurately measuring laps is different than measuring steps, Misfit has teamed up with Speedo to create a new version of the Shine that’s customised to track underwater activities.
The Speedo Shine, as the new version is called, features custom firmware with proprietary motion-sensing algorithms allowing it to keep track of a swimmer’s lap count, swim distance, and calories burned, no matter what type of stroke they’re using.
Made from aircraft-grade aluminium, the Speedo Shine also tracks the wearer’s walking, running, cycling, and sleep, just like the original version, so they don’t need to switch between versions going in and out of the water. And it syncs with the existing Misfit app, available on iOS and Android, or Speedo’s own upcoming fitness tracking app called Speedo Fit.
Available starting September 1 on both Speedo’s websites as well as worldwide Apple stores, there’s no word on local pricing yet but it should be slightly higher than a normal Shine. So if you’re a casual swimmer who’s just curious about how much time they have spent in the pool or how many calories they have burned, the original version of the Shrine will probably still suit your needs. But if you swim competitively, the Speedo Shine has the potential to genuinely enhance your training routine, and your performance in the pool.