Smart watches and fitness trackers have become nearly synonymous recently, and now Kickstarter-funded smart watch Pebble is teaming up with a popular tracker Misfit to bring smart metrics to your wrist.
The two companies both feature a device as well as fitness tracking, though both lack in one of the two areas. Techies rave about Pebble’s smart watch, which was developed after an extremely successful crowd funding campaign, but complain it lags behind other mobile tech when it comes to fitness apps. Misfit’s app offers users a plethora of fitness tracking metrics, but its device “Shine” has no display, which frustrated users who wanted to see their progress on the go.
The solution? Team up and tackle the tech-savvy fitness world.
Now Pebble watch owners can download the Misfit app from the Pebble app store and get fitness information sent straight to their smart watch instead of their smart phone. Previously, the Misfit app was only available on iOS and Android devices. Users will still have to carry the Misfit device around with them – a small, round, faceless disk – but can quickly check stats such as calories burned, distance traveled, and, soon, sleep patterns on their Pebble watch.
This isn’t the first fitness partnership Pebble has joined. The company points out in a blog post that it previously has worked with Runkeeper, Puma, Strava, and others. The Pebble is also waterproof, which makes it compatible with various sports and fitness activities. The company adds that it has plans to extend the partnership with Misfit.
“This is the first milestone in an ongoing partnership and collaboration between Pebble and Misfit that aims to provide intuitive health and fitness tracking for all,” Pebble says in a blog post on the announcement.
Smart watches have been a side project for many tech companies in the past year, but haven’t caught on with consumers just yet. Samsung, LG, and others have released smart watches that check e-mail and text message, and there continue to be persistent rumors about an iWatch from Apple. However, fitness-oriented devices, such as Fitbit, have found the most success.