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Misfit Debuts An Online Dashboard For Tracking Health And Fitness Activity Across Devices

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Misfit has long since expanded its product line beyond its original Shine fitness tracker and now offers a range of devices from the more affordable “Flash” to the pricier Swarovski Shine collection, as well as connected smart bulbs and the “Beddit” sleep monitoring system. Today, the company is introducing a new feature that will allow users to make better sense of all the data their Misfit devices are collecting – it’s rolling out a web-based dashboard on My.Misfit.com where you’ll be able to compare your steps, calories or distance data, as well as zoom in on weekly or monthly trends related to your activity, weight or sleep data.

The dashboard makes it easier to view your overall progress and the bigger picture with regard to your health and fitness, and includes a section called “today’s story” where you can also see each individual entry, including information like how many steps you took and how many calories you burned, for example.

Alongside the launch of the online dashboard, Misfit also noted that it has expanded its Apple Healthkit integrations, and now makes its sleep and weight data visible in the Apple Health app. And it has introduced a couple more integrations for Flash wearable users on iOS and Android such as expanded support for “If This Then That” – the tool that lets you automate actions based on changes and activities in the web services you use.

That means that Flash users can now tap on their Flash device to message friends, block off time on their calendar, track workout hours, or more, the company says.

Flash also now works with the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, which allows you to control lights, locks, thermostats, TV, and other devices in the home. The update means the $50 Flash is a relatively affordable, wearable remote for your smart home…if not yet Misfit’s own smart bulbs, oddly.

Also new today are updated iOS applications, with a new look-and-feel for iPhone 6 and 6+ users.

The company’s wearables have been among the better-looking fitness trackers on the market, but after having a handful around for testing purposes, they also tended to be a little flaky with regard to their ability to maintain their connection to your device and sync your data. With the introduction of the Apple Watch, the company needs to find additional ways to make its collection work together more seamlessly – especially because its wearables alone are far more basic in functionality than the powerful, app-running smartwatches on the market today. An online dashboard is a good first step toward aggregating and making sense of the data Misfit has on hand.