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​Misfit turns $50 Flash fitness band into smart home remote, too

The Flash's click-button will integrate across several services as Misfit aims to turn its wearable fitness gadgets into connected lifestyle remotes.

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Turn off your lights with your wrist, click. Turn up the thermostat, click.

The Misfit Flash , an entry-level fitness tracker released last year that's already a really good, cheap gadget, will get a lot more useful soon. Misfit announced it'll soon work as a sort of smart-home-operating remote, too, via a set of partnerships detailed in a press release today.

That one button on the Flash will now be connected to things like IFTTT, a connect-the-apps app service that already allows lots of devices and apps to trigger each other in pre-programmed sequences. Lots of wearables and fitness apps already work with IFTTT, including Jawbone Up, Fitbit, Android Wear and Withings.

Misfit also has more in store, targeted for a spring timeframe. The Flash will work with the Logitech Harmony API for home media and light controls. It will work with the August Smart Lock to unlock your door, if you so wish. or work with Nest thermostats to begin adjusting your home's temperature as you wake up (coming in March, according to Misfit). Double-clicking on the Flash tracker will be able to launch Spotify on a phone, or connect with the Yo app (to, you know, Yo. The Flash will also work with Misfit's Bolt connected multi-color LED light bulbs, to turn on and off the lights.

Don't expect more than a basic on-off mechanism: the Flash's simple clicking button can't do more than that, although it registers both one-click and two-click actions. But, it's a continuation of what's likely to be a merger between smart homes and wearables. Those little wrist devices are going to end up a lot more closely interknit with everything else in your smart home, too. Expect this to be a harbinger of what Apple Watch and Android Wear have in store later this year.

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