Earlier today, a San Francisco-based wearable maker Motiv announced the Motiv Ring, a smart ring designed to serve as a fitness tracker with a focus on active minutes. While many competing devices already measure users' active minutes, this wearable is centered around this metric which it uses to motivate people to be more active. The Californian firm revealed how the Motiv Ring's primary goal is to get its owners to spend 150 active minutes per week. The device will be showcased at CES 2017 this week and is slated to hit the market by spring, priced at $199.99. Motiv's official website is already accepting pre-orders.
In addition to tracking active minutes, sleeping patterns, and individual activities, the Motiv Ring is also equipped with a heart rate monitor which Motiv managed to squeeze into the device despite its small form factor. The ring measures users' progress on a weekly basis, but also adjusts their daily goals to make sure they hit the 150-minute mark every week. The iOS companion app communicates with the Motiv Ring via a Bluetooth connection and an Android app is said to be on the way. The company's first wearable was in development for over three years and was designed to be both stylish and functional. Motiv believes most contemporary wearables aren't fashionable enough for users to wear them all the time, which is an issue that it's hoping to resolve with the Motiv Ring. The device boasts a waterproof titanium body and looks like an ordinary ring that will fit on any finger as the San Francisco-based company is manufacturing the Motiv Ring in seven sizes. People who pre-order the wearable will receive a kit for measuring their ideal ring size which they'll use before contacting the company over their preferred variant of the product. The Motiv Ring is currently available in Slate Gray and Rose Gold.
Beneath the surface, this wearable boasts an integrated accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, and a Bluetooth sensor. It's powered by a conventional lithium-ion battery which allows up to five days of standard usage on a single charge. The ring is capable of preserving battery power by only activating its heart rate monitor when it detects intense activity. The Motiv Ring charges in less than 90 minutes with a magnetic keychain charger which the company designed to be as portable as the ring itself. The wearable also ships with an extra USB magnetic charger.