The recent frenzy toward the smartwatch in the western world has reached epidemic proportions. Most adults don about their wrist a watch with a blacked-out face or a rubber tube with seemingly no face. We're walking around as though in a science fiction movie under surveillance by this tracking and communication device. The problem is, the average smartwatch is anything but smart! It lacks style and is far from down to earth, looking somewhat sinister by it's dark secrecy and monitoring of our every waking and sleeping moment!
Never fear, there is a hybrid here! Say hello to the Misfit Path, a smartwatch with more style than a rubber wrist tube can only dream about.
I've actively avoided anything hybrid until now, like hybridized foods - only recognizable by their crossbred name... not their ancestry, and hybrid vehicles - there's something creepy and menacing about a car that pulls away in silence! But a hybrid watch that tracks my activity, steps, distance, calories and has a face, sends me reminders, alerts, ensures I don't deprive myself of sleep, and leads the way in smart style... yay, I'm all for that!
You're probably thinking this is too good to be true! Well, as with anything in life, you can't have it all (unless you're Roger Federer)! So, if you were hoping to send a text from your wrist "CAN'T GET TO MY PHONE RIGHT NOW", uh, I think they know that already since you didn't answer! Or, you feel the need to speak into your watch "Beam me up Scotty", then this smartwatch is not your cup of tea!
The Misfit Path is a stripped-down version of the science fiction varieties. It's a smartwatch you really can enjoy wearing from tennis to 'tinis, whether you're running a marathon or running late for dinner. Either way, you'll look uber stylish, super cool and not appear as though you're being observed by aliens or, that you're so nerdy you simply must know how many calories you've burned right up to the current minute... but you will, and it'll be your secret!
Once in possession of your Misfit Path, the first thing to do is download the Misfit App which is both Apple and Android compatible. It takes a couple of minutes to set yourself up and sync your watch. The app allows you to configure what you want the watch to track i.e. activity and sleep, what notifications you wish to receive, and several other fun custom options like play music, take a picture and find your phone!
Once configured, the Misfit Path takes on a personality of its own, rather like an annoying puppy... this is a good thing, even if you're a cat person! Just as I get deep into thought at work, I'm brought right back to reality as my Misfit launches into a rapid vibration whilst waving its hands at me like "Get up and move you lazy good for nothing couch potato", and then... peace resumes and the hands go quietly back to telling me what time it is as though nothing happened! It is however an effective reminder that I've been sedentary for too long and run the risk of, well... they say sitting is the new smoking, so however hard this is to inhale, I take a deep breath and move!
Notifications happen by way of discreet vibration. If a text message or phone call comes in, the Misfit gives out a sequence of vibrations indicating which it is. If you have a particularly demanding person in your life who gets upset when you leave your phone in the other room and miss his calls, the Misfit can tell you when said person is trying to reach you by not only vibrating but moving the hands toward a chosen number, in my case 'keep the hubby in line, number 9'!
The thing I find most fascinating is how accurate the sleep tracker is. It knows when I slept deeply, when I slept lightly and when I was awake, and it hasn't been wrong yet. Even the hubby doesn't know when I wake up to use the bathroom at night, although he does know when I'm sleeping lightly because he gets a karate chop to the sternum in my efforts to stop him snoring!
You can sync the app with your watch in seconds throughout the day as well as various other apps such as MyFitness Pall, you can also check via the watch how close you are to reaching your activity goals simply with the press of a button. And, if I want to wake up at 7 am I can set an alarm on my Misfit... another great puppy feature!
Once the training period between you and your Misfit is complete, life is a wonderful thing and the two of you will get along famously, and ever so stylishly, especially as you can change out the straps to ensure you can take your Misfit absolutely anywhere!
So, given that it's not yet possible to request Scotty to beam me up to anywhere, and my fingers can barely text from a phone let alone a watch, such activities are somewhat redundant from this fashionista's perspective. I'll leave the science fiction gadgets on the shelf! For a fashion lover in her midlife who is more about 21st century style with functionality, the MisFit Path is well within my time warp!
This is a sponsored blog of which I was delighted to share my opinion and experience of the Misfit Path.
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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