Speedo, Misfit launch Shine 2 wearable for swimmers

By Jonah Comstock
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Misfit (now a Fossil brand) and swimwear brand Speedo have launched the second generation of their Speedo Shine device, a tracker for swimmers Misfit originally launched last August. Just as Speedo Shine was a swimmer-focused version of the Misfit Shine with new firmware, Speedo Shine 2 is swimmer-focused version of the Shine 2.

That means the device itself is thinner than its predecessor and water resistant up to 50 meters. It also has faster syncing, improved touch responsiveness, more display lights in more colors, and a longer-range Bluetooth radio. 

“Whether you’re training competitively or swimming for fitness, you want your focus to be on speed and form – not tracking laps. With the Speedo Shine 2, you can concentrate on your efforts in the pool without distractions,” US Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones said in a statement from Misfit. “Speedo Shine 2 is an ideal aid for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to maximize their time in the water while keeping track of their overall fitness and sleep.”

Built-in lap counting, designed for swimmers, is a major selling point that carries over from the previous version of the device. But the Speedo Shine 2, which sells for $119, ten dollars more than the regular Shine 2, also facilitates call and text reminders and compatibility with Misfit Link, which makes the device into an IoT remote. It includes a countdown swim timer that will alert the user with a vibration when it concludes, so they won't miss it even if they're underwater.

When Speedo Shine originally launched last year, a Misfit spokesperson told MobiHealthNews the company was considering adding the swim tracking features to the standard-issue Misfit Shine at some point. With the launch of the Speedo Shine 2, the company has done just that, though the firmware upgrade won't be a free update. Instead, users of the original Shine can now buy a $9.99 in-app purchase in the Misfit app that will add those features.

Like its predecessor, the Speedo Shine 2 will integrate with both Misfit's app and SpeedoFit, Speedo's personalized swim tracking app.