I chatted with some of my very successful and eminently glamorous NYC friends about this, and they confirmed what I thought: they put a lot of thought into what they wear (both for work, and play) and while they loved the tech trackers when they were exercising, took them off when dressing in regular clothes because they are so masculine, clunky and frankly, ugly. They wanted something that didn't scream "tech" and blended with all their real, beautiful jewelry.
So I set myself a challenge. Design something that was as beautiful as functional, that was jewelry first, with functionality as an added - and discreet - bonus.
And as it turns out - I have a customer who loved the idea, and was interested in having something made for her Misfit Shine. They are things of beauty - lentil shaped, thin, a dream to work with.
She wanted something in gold, and loves red gemstones. We picked a stunning garnet as it was a deep, deep red, and historically of course combining garnets and yellow gold is a classic.
I chose an ancient pin called a fibula - it can be worn as a brooch, or hung on a necklace. Here's a picture I took in the British Museum last year of a medieval Visigoth one, for reference. They typically held cloaks shut.
It's a two part case, the filigree back screws on very securely, fitting the Misfit in there perfectly. No rattling.
I can't say it wasn't a challenge - getting the front and the back to screw together perfectly was in all honesty, a challenge. But I think she ended up with something gorgeous, don't you? And it's a piece of jewelry that - when she's moved on from the Fitbit - can be worn forever. I like the idea putting a piece of perfumed cotton in there.
And there you have it: mission achieved. Ancient design for modern tech: discrete, stunning functionality. Wear it on a chain, or as a pin. Insert your Misfit, or wear it without. Guaranteed to be noticed!
And check out the Misfit line of wearables here - they are awesome!