CES 2015: Swarovski Shine fitness tracker never needs charging

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Fitness wearables company Misfit has gone all classy-like at this year’s CES, with its announcement of a partnership with crystal jewellery company Swarovski. But there’s more to them than just bling; one of them never needs charging. Ever.

Swarovski ShineThe Swarovski Shine Collection has two products at its core, both of which track your activity and sleep. They’re made from aircraft-grade aluminium with Swarovski crystal faces, and both are customisable in the bracelet department.

And, as you might expect from a watch-cum-life-tracker, they both offer at-a-glance info on the time, your activities (including distance, steps and calories burned), your caviar intake and your post-tennis nap-time. They’re both waterproof, too, and sync with iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps including those from Misfit, Swarovski and MyFitnessPal.

Shine VioletThe clear version takes a conventional battery that the company says lasts up to six months. But it’s the Swarovski Shine in violet that lifts the tech beyond just being a pretty fascia. This version uses solar charging tech for power (LEDs and halogen lights work just as well) – and is the first device of its kind to never need juice. Now you’ve no excuse for slacking off and blaming it on a flaky battery.

The collection is available in three initial sets with two accessories apiece, ranging from $170 (R2,000, more or less) to $250 (R2,950). There are also nine accessories available (which are also compatible with Misfit Shine products), costing from $69 (R820) to $150 (R1,760). You can pre-order the collection in the US at www.misfit.com; it’ll be on-sale proper later this year.

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