Weareables made a big splash in 2016 with all sorts of crazy, stylish and sometimes boring gadgets making their way into the market. While interest in some wearables, such as smartwatches, has cooled somewhat, we still expect to see a lot of interest in them in 2017 and beyond.
One reason why wearables have become so popular is their low cost. A vast majority of wearable devices cost less than $300 with most in the $200 and under range. There are even some devices that are in the double digits range. So whatever your budget is, there is a wearable waiting for you. Here are some of the most inexpensive ones in the market. We only considered well known, but cheap wearable tech costing $100 / £100 or less.
1. MISFIT SHINE 2
Misfit is the king of branded low-cost fitness trackers. They produce them in unique shapes and designs, creating a cult following among its fans. The Misfit Shine 2 fitness band is a long overdue update to the original Misfit Shine which had been around for several years.
At $99.99, it comes with most of the features you’ll need to keep track of your fitness and sleep along with a decent app.
For daily activity tracking, it monitors your steps, distance and calories. Despite not having in-built GPS, it is amazingly good at accurately tracking your activities through the day. This accuracy makes it really good at tracking your workouts, whether it is a morning run, swimming, soccer or tennis.
At night, the tracker will automatically know when you are dozing off. Not only will it track how long you slept, it will also monitor your light and deep sleep sessions and represent them on graphs in the app. Overall, the sleep tracking feature is less accurate compared to other trackers like Jawbone and Fitbit.
Aside from activity tracking, Misfit Shine 2 does a decent job at connecting you to your world. It comes with vibrations that alert you to calls, texts and notifications. The vibrations are also used for movement reminders and morning alarms. It even comes with a smart button that you can use to control connected home devices such as bulbs and bathroom scale.
Overall, the Misfit Shine 2 is a pretty nifty piece of technology that sells at an amazingly low price. You are getting a lot of features, packaged in one small gadget and sold at just $100.