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Misfit Flash a great little $50 fitness trackerWaterproof, long battery life, small, wearable on your wrist or as a clip-on, and it tracks steps, runs and sleep: the Flash is a versatile and cheap tracker.
[MUSIC] How much would you pay for an activity tracker? $150? $100? $60? I'm Scott Stein, and the new Misfit Flash is a $50 activity tracker that's coming out this holiday. It's available now. And the price is the thing here. Because Misfit originally had a tracker called the Shine that came out last year that cost over $100. And it was cool. It was a little aluminum disc that acted like a mini clock, could pop into a wristband or a clip or even act as a necklace, and could track your steps. Was waterproof, had a long battery life and could track sleep automatically. At least how restful you were. That type of basic sleep tracking. Now the flash does all of things things too, but it's made of plastic. And at $50, it's a lot more attractive than it was before. But the ability to track steps is now in a lot of things. You can track steps on a lot of phones. You can track steps with smart watches, if you have a smart watch. So, maybe that part seems a little less exciting. But the flash being water proof and having a long battery life, with a replaceable coin battery inside, well that is pretty cool because you could swim with this, and Misfit Software does have some swim tracking software capabilities built into it. In fact, it could be used to do a variety of different activities, but really it is an accelerometer based pedometer, so that is the main thing you want to use it for. When you go to sleep. It automatically detects when you're lying down. And will check to see overnight, how restful you were. And activate once you've gotten up and walked. Now Flash's design has a cool red LED readout, that not only shows your daily progress. But also blinks it's little lights in the, in that 12 dot circle to show hours and minutes. So it acts like a kind of two cool for school digital watch. And the improvement here is that it doesn't pop out of this band as easily as it did before. It actually pops in from the bottom so you don't have to worry about losing it. And it does come with a clip too, in addition to this band. The [UNKNOWN] flash will work with Android IOS and Windows phone, and it will sync via bluetooth once you open up the app and check it out. The app is very nice and cleanly designed. And even connects now with additional fitness tracking software like Runkeeper. 50 bucks for basic activity tracking? Sounds pretty good to me. Maybe however, you might be interested in waiting for a smart watch or something else that has heart rate tracking, the thing that the Misfit Flash lacks. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the new Misfit Flash, available now. [MUSIC]