The Misfit Ray: A New Fitness and Sleep Monitor

Despite Being Acquired By Fossil, Misfit Lives to Release Another Product

Misfit Ray

Along with the Fitbit Blaze — a fitness tracker with smartwatch-style features — the Misfit Ray launched at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. 

Now, this new product announcement is worth mentioning for a few different reasons. For one, it's simply a new wearable coming out of one of the most anticipated tech conventions of the year. Two, it's a new gadget from Misfit, a company that's being acquired by Fossil, which is also making wearables — including smartwatches.

Since the companies shared that news a few months ago, many in the wearable world have been uncertain if Misfit would release any additional products under its own name. For now, it seems, the activity tracker brand will promote its products — including this latest one — under the Misfit name and not that of Fossil. While it remains to be seen whether this is just a temporary setup, a new device from the maker of the Misfit Shine and the Misfit Shine 2 is definitely worth a look. So let's get to that, shall we?

The Misfit Ray

Billed as a device for both activity and sleep tracking, the Misfit Ray costs $100 (or $120 for an option with a leather band) and is available to purchase for pre-order online through the Misfit website. Like Misfit's other activity trackers, the Ray is somewhat style-conscious. The essential sensor elements are contained in a cylindrical tube (available in carbon black and rose gold) that can be worn on your wrist or around your neck on a chain or a lanyard. One of the strong points of the Misfit Shine line has been its interchangeable accessories, so it's good to see that the company is continuing this tradition with the Misfit Ray.

Another feature carried over from other Misfit products is a light indicator showing your progress toward daily activity goals. The device shows progress in the following increments: 25%, 50%,75%, 99% and Goal Met.

As for the specific activity monitoring, the Ray offers tracking for sleep duration and quality, steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. You can also "tag" specific activities such as yoga or cycling to get an idea of how your metrics stack up compared to other sports or workouts.

The Misfit Ray also incorporates some non-fitness-related features, such as the ability to get vibrating alerts for incoming calls and texts as well as alarms. (This is provided you're connected to your smartphone over Bluetooth, of course.) You can also control music playback and lights with the Ray, and apparently even take selfies. The latter features are made possible by the Misfit Link app, which includes a function that lets the Ray act as a "smart button" for controlling your environment.

Another design element worth mentioning: The Misfit Ray doesn't plug into the wall to recharge; instead it has replaceable button cell batteries that should see you through about six months of use. For some users, this will be an annoyance, but others will appreciate not needing to refuel their tracker every few days.

Finally, the Misfit Ray is water-resistant up to 50 meters, so you could conceivably never take the device off.

Bottom Line

The Misfit Ray seems to offer many of the strongpoints of the Misfit Shine devices in a new, sleek package. The $100 price point seems reasonable, and the number of accessories that will eventually be made available is definitely a highlight.