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Meet ‘Ray,' an activity monitor you wear as jewelry

The Apple-approved iPro2 windshield mount dock from iBolt keeps your phone in place for safe hands-free use.
The Apple-approved iPro2 windshield mount dock from iBolt keeps your phone in place for safe hands-free use. TNS

The Ray, the newest activity monitor created by Misfit, monitors steps and helps you achieve daily fitness goals.

What sets the Ray apart from similar accessories is that it looks more like jewelry than a fitness monitor. Misfit already has the Shine and the Flash in its lineup, but the Ray is a totally new, fashionable design.

The Ray is a small tube that holds three 393 button cell batteries. They should last up to six months, so there’s no charging necessary.

The body of the Ray is sweat/water-resistant to 50 meters and made with an attractive aircraft-grade anodized aluminum. And there are hidden 8mm spring bars for future custom accessories.

After an easy setup, it syncs automatically with your smartphone (iOS and Android) via Bluetooth for logging steps, calories, distance, activity types and quality sleep duration.

When you tap the Ray’s multicolor LED display, it displays your progress through the day without having to check your phone. There’s a handy option to turn on a vibration alert when a phone call or text message comes in. A similar feature can be used to alert you when you have been inactive for too long.

If you have been a Misfit Shine user, you'll love that the Ray allows you to use the same app for logging your activities. The app lets you tell it which device you’re wearing to switch back and forth with ease, keeping activity logs from both devices in one place.

http://misfit.com available in Carbon Black or Rose Gold with a sport band for $99.99, or a leather band $119.99

Photo accessory

The PolarPro Trippler is a travel-friendly three-in-one photography accessory for a Go-Pro, compact point-and-shoot or a smartphone.

The main features of the lightweight accessory are an extension pole, grip and a mini tripod.

It ranges from 10 inches as a grip or up to 28 inches of reach for a selfie stick or as a tripod.

The base is made with an ergonomic rubber grip and divides into three extension legs to form the tripod. The durable extension pole is constructed of aluminum and glass filled nylon. One feature I wish it did have is an attachment for a carabiner.

A standard ( 1/4-inch 20 connection) ball head is on top to connect directly to a camera or mounts for tilting in any direction. The tripod base is also threaded, enabling it to attach to other accessories you might have.

As a tripod with a compact camera attached, it worked great on a recent getaway vacation. It sets up in seconds and the ball head worked perfect for aiming the camera.

The cellphone mount was also handy for quick selfies, making use of the front-facing LCD.

Mounts for smartphones (up to iPhone 6), GoPro and compact cameras are also included.

www.polarprofilters.com $39.99

Windshield mount

The Apple-approved iPro2 windshield mount dock from iBolt keeps your phone in place for safe hands-free use.

It attaches to a windshield in seconds with the vibration-free mount. The base of the mount has a built-in lighting connection for charging, while the cable (6.5 feet) is hooked up to your power source.

The base holds iPhone 5 up to iPhone 6 plus models, even when you have it in a case. According to iBolt, it works with virtually all standard cases (I tried several, all with success) including the Otterbox Commuter series. The opening in the bottom of the case must be 10.5 mm or larger.

The mount rotates 360-degrees and is angled towards the top allowing the back camera to be used at all times.

https://ibolt.com $54.95

Contact Gregg Ellman at greggellman@mac.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greggellman.

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