When it comes to the wearable fitness market, there are a few names that come to mind; FitBit, Jawbone, Misfit. However, one name out of China that you might not instantly associate with fitness trackers is Xiaomi. Their Mi Band - now in its second version - has been available for a couple of years now and has offered users an affordable way of getting into fitness tracking with a simple Android app. Now, a UK-based startup selling fitness-focused clothing is bundling the tracker with their new line of clothing dubbed "Second Skin".
This is an interesting approach to take and one that Elena Gromova, Nakeid's Managing Director will only get better over time. As we noted in our Mi Band review, the tracker only monitors movement as steps, and isn't very good for cyclists and other types of training. Nakeid's clothing line is designed for all sorts of movement, and cycling is one aspect where they see their clothing selling well, and leaving the Mi Band out of the fabrics themselves makes them washable as well as gives all users the choice to use the tech, or go without. Gromova notes that the firm is working on their own software to communicate with the Mi Band, which will then make the band even more useful for those looking to cycle and so on. It should be ready "within half a year" and will probably help Nakeid more of a complete solution for those looking for a modern approach to their fitness.
The Mi Band is exceptionally affordable, especially as a first-time tracker to see if such a technology is a fit for you, and with Nakeid bundling it in with their new clothing, it just goes to show that the best is not always necessary. It'll be interesting to see what the new firm comes up with in terms of software, as the Google Fit integration for the Mi Band already makes it a viable option. If you're contemplating purchasing the Mi Band on its own, clicking the button below will help out, and Nakeid's new line of clothing can be found at the source link below.