Launched at the start of this year as a world first, and using what Misfit calls a patented “energy harvesting crystal” technology that maximises light capture across the Shine’s small face area, the violet-blue Swarovski Shine will keep itself powered up indefinitely by simply being exposed to light.
Beneath the beautiful blue surface of the crystal lies tiny solar panels. These absorb light refracted by the genius cut of the Swarovski jewel – either from the sun’s rays or artificial sources – mean this little champion never needs charging to keep it powered up. These sparkly new Shines work the same way as the old ones: step tracking, automatic sleep tracking and general fitness activity via accelerometer. They’re even waterproof to 50 meters, and tell time thanks to a glowing ring of LEDs.
Given the growing health and wellness industry, not to mention the increasing popularity of the sports luxe trend in fashion, with brands like adidas teaming up with Mary Katrantzou, and HM x Alexander Wang, this new technology from Swarovski and Misfit is perfectly timed to be not only functional but fashionable (for those who like a bit of bling with their daily workout anyway).
On a personal note I can’t wait to see where design takes solar in the next year. There’s nothing that excites me more when my fave industries – in this case solar, fitness and fashion – come together to break new ground. My feeling? This is the beginning of a revolution in the way fashion, function and tech come together for some seriously cool design directions.
Stay tuned! SGx