CES 2017: Motiv, a lightweight ring designed to monitor heart rate, activity and sleep

As technology shrinks in size and increases in power, making smart wearable accessories that’s are worn on your fingers is becoming less of a challenge. We’ve seen a number of products now including Ringly, Ōura, Ares and the NFC ring.

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Announced at CES 2017 this morning, Motiv is a lightweight ring, designed to monitor your heart rate, track activity and sleep.

Measuring only 8mm in width, the device manages to pack a custom lithium ion battery that delivers a battery life up to 5 days, a three-axis accelerometer, an optical heart rate sensor, Bluetooth for syncing and try-colored LED indication for charging and syncing. It is also waterproof down to 5 ATM (50 meters), so there is no need to take it off when washing hands, showering or swimming.

“Despite how fast the wearable market is growing, over half of those who buy a fitness tracker lose interest and discontinue use because current solutions are uncomfortable, unattractive and don’t provide truly meaningful insights,” said Mike Strasser, cofounder and CEO of Motiv.

“From a hardware perspective, we knew we had to build a device that could be with you all the time. To do that it had to be small, durable, waterproof, allow you to effortlessly measure activity and sleep, and not interfere with daily life.”

The full feature-set is rather impressive and includes tracking of active minutes, activity type, sleep duration, active heart rate, resting heart rate, calories burned, distance and steps. The app establishes weekly goals and adjusts daily targets based on user’s activity.

If the ring delivers on all its promises, it might give Fitbit and the likes something to worry about. The device, which retails for $199, is open for pre-order now on www.mymotiv.com. Indistinguishable from regular jewelry in looks, smart rings are gradually edging their way into the mainstream.

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