Last week, the Motiv Ring gained a lot of traction at the CES with their inconspicuous fitness wearable ring and walked away with CES 2017 Best of Innovation for Wearable Technologies.
The product, conceptualised in 2013 on hand drawn sketches, aimed to make life better without interrupting it. I like the sound of that in this climate where wearables have largely been identified by the “loudness” or sportiness of their appearance. The Motiv Ring does a mighty lot given it’s size and appearance. From the offering of in device optical HR sensors, a full suite of all day activity tracking functions to water resistance rating of 5 ATM. All of that fits into a tiny titanium shell ring which you can wear throughout the day without having to take it off. Impressive so far.
There are no vibration nor auditory alert features so tracking information is only view-able on connected mobile device after syncing.
Motiv Ring features:
- All day activity tracker. Records steps, active Minutes, active and resting HR, calories burned, distance, and sleep duration.
- Optical heart rate sensors and 3 axis accelerometer
- Battery life of 3-5 days depending on usage
- Water resistant to 5 ATM
- USB magnetic key chain charger charges in under 90 minutes
- Compatible with iOS 9.0 or later
Fitness trackers have predominantly focused on the wrist, thereby replacing the role of the watch. Just look at wristbands and smart watches. Yet at some point during the day, it’s very likely the user will remove these wearables, such as when it’s time for bed.Motiv Ring has zeroed in on the single item that humans have no issues wearing all day; by placing their fitness wearable on the finger. A while back, Oura did a similar but their ring is larger and prominently conspicuous compared to the lower profile of the Motiv. It’s a smart move though we’ll only know how good the Motiv Ring is after commercial release. At present, the Motiv Ring only supports iOS.
The company is accepting pre-orders now at $199 and the device is set to ship in spring 2017. There’s no international availability as yet but that may change in future.