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Meet Misfit's $50 Fitness Tracker
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tzubair
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9/24/2014 | 11:34:16 AM
too good to be true?
Although I have a different reason for aversion to fitness trackers. ( As if we don't have enough reminders to live by already), I find all of them I have come across to be lacking in style and elegance. If I were a fitness conscious person to that extreme, I would have  a hard time choosing a decent fitness tracker in terms of design. What's the matter ? Is a good-looking fitness tracker too good to be true?
Ariella
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9/22/2014 | 8:25:15 AM
Re: Too good to be true?
LOL @Pedro At Google they're proud to be geeky!
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9/21/2014 | 9:54:05 PM
Re: Too good to be true?
@ ariella. I think so. For me smartwatches are more hype than substance. I could be wrong.  In the end, the market will decide whether such devices truly changes our lives and make us look good at the same time.  Google Glass for example just look too geeky.  That is why, they are Google and not Apple.
Ariella
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9/19/2014 | 10:16:05 AM
Re: Too good to be true?
@Pedro true, so Apple should turn its design skills to creating an elegant wearable that people would be happy to have on their wrists.
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9/19/2014 | 9:59:02 AM
Re: Too good to be true?
@ Ariella.  I think so too.  Schools are training designers which can apply their skills in the design of wearable devices.  A good design can make or break a device.  Many of the comments here remind me a time prior to ipods.  There were mp3 players out there, but non had the ipod design which became the dominant music player for that industry.  
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9/18/2014 | 12:08:17 PM
Re: Too good to be true?
@Pedro perhaps schools that offer courses in design should come up with classes specifically for wearables like these. 
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9/18/2014 | 12:04:07 PM
Re: Too good to be true?
@ Ariella. The developers of such device forgot that besides functionality people want a device that is also fashionable too.  I just don't see people line up in getting these devices.  I want to know what are the projection of how many devices they are expecting to sell.  I had a friend who liked the step counter app on her iphone.
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9/16/2014 | 7:22:38 PM
Re: Too good to be true?
@Shane yes, the colors are pretty bad. People would probably be willing to cough up another $25 to get something more attractive. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/16/2014 | 5:29:59 PM
Re: Too good to be true?
I think it's $50 because it's ... you know ... ugly. But if the sensors and software work as advertised and you don't care too much about fashion, it's a good deal.
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9/16/2014 | 5:22:59 PM
Re: Too good to be true?
Maybe they plan to make up for the lower price by volume. It's certainly sure to be in most holiday tech gift roundups, and the color selection makes this an attaractive option for kids and adults.

One question, Alison -- looks like it can be worn as a watch or as a clip-on? I am not keen on going back to wearing a watch.
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