Motiv Ring Review
Motiv Inc. launched their breakthrough innovation in activity and sleep tracking with the ultra sleek Motiv Ring. The ring is the first highly advanced finger wearable device that changes the way people measure activity and sleep. Featuring impressive cutting-edge technology in a slim, ultralight design, Motiv Ring was crafted to be discreet and comfortable enough to keep on all day, in any situation.
“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 Inc. “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.”
At only 8mm wide, the Motiv Ring is packed with some very innovative micro-technology, including a custom lithium ion battery, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth® Smart syncing, a three-axis accelerometer and tri-colored LED indicator for charging and syncing.
Motiv Ring Features:
- Sleek and subtle—discreet design that effortlessly blends into everyday life
- Comfortable and durable, with ultralight titanium shell
- Waterproof up to 5 ATM—no need to take it off when washing hands, showering or swimming
- Monitors heart rate with an optical heart rate sensor
- Tracks active minutes, activity type, sleep duration, active heart rate, resting heart rate, calories burned, distance and steps
- Intuitive app establishes weekly goals and adjusts daily targets based on user’s activity
- Easily charge on-the-go; no cords or bulky charging docks required
- Up to 5 day battery life *Typical battery life is 3-5 days dependent on use
Find the Perfect Fit
The Motiv Ring is available in seven different sizes (6 – 12) and two colors, slate gray and rose gold. After first ordering the ring, Motiv will send you a set of sizing rings so you can find your Motiv size. This gives you the ability to try on at home and makes it easy to get the correct and most comfortable fit.
After find the best fit, it is recommended that you wear the ring for about 24 hours to ensure that it is truly comfortable. Once satisfied with the fit, you will return to the Motiv website and enter the included code and chosen size of the ring. A couple of days later the Motiv ring shows up in all of it’s micro glory. Contained with in the Motiv package is the Motiv Ring, two usb magnetic chargers and a key chain holder for the usb charger.
The Motiv Ring is wrapped in a titanium shell, making it durable, light, and stylish. The actual form factor of the ring seems almost indestructible, however the outside coating is not. During trips to the gym the ring took quite a bit of abuse, from weight plates smashing against it to steel bar grips scratching it, structurally the Motiv has stood it’s ground, but aesthetically the ring ended up marred.
The obvious thing that I should have done, would have been to wear gloves and keep it protected from the weights. So my advice to any future Motiv customers is protect the ring if you want to keep it looking good for the nights out on the town.
The Motiv Ring is also waterproof up to 165 feet (5 ATMs) and resistant to almost any chemical you’d be brave enough to put your fingers in. The only time that I have taken the ring off has been to charge it, so taking it through numerous showers and even getting it coated in engine oil has resulted in no ill effects.
First things first, charging the Motiv Ring is simple, plug the included slim magnetic charging dock into any usb powered port and the ring magnetically clicks into place and charges up in about 90 minutes. The red indicator light will stay on letting you know that you have made a good connection and that it is charging. Once it reaches it’s full capacity the LED indicator will turn blue. During testing I would generally get 2-3 days of use from the ring before the app would pop up a notification letting me know that the Motiv Ring had less than 20% battery life left and it was time to charge. Depending on when the notification came up, I usually found it best to plan to charge the ring 90 minutes before my planned bedtime, as this was generally my down time (less active tracking time) and in doing so allowed me to put the ring back on before bed so that it could track my sleep. With the quick 90 minute charging this never became a nuisance or seemed to take anything away from the Motiv activity tracking experience.
Resting Heart Rate Tracking
Since the Motiv Ring uses a heart rate tracker the calories burned where generally agreeable with the Fenix and never seemed to be off by more than a hundred calories either direction. While the heart rate tracker in the Fenix tracks every couple of seconds, the tracker in the Motiv ring is set to track during an activity and every so often at when not active to help conserve the battery. Thus resulting in a lesser accurate calorie count.
Without a GPS or a start/stop button on board it would be hard to accurately get the exact distance and time spent on an activity. However, in my opinion the Motiv ring does an above average job compared to some of the other activity trackers that I have tried. While the Motiv gives you a step, distance and time count on tracking, it did vary from the actual GPS data, but still held under a differential of 5%, which I consider pretty darn good for such a small non-GPS device .
- 3-axis Accelerometer
- Smart LED Sensor
- Optical Heart Rate Sensor
- Battery – Lithium Ion – Full charge in under 2 hours
- Ring Sizes – Available in 7 Motiv Ring Sizes
- Colors – Slate Gray and Rose Gold
- Active Minutes
- Resting Heart Rate
- Activity Types
- Calories Burned
- Activity Intensity
- Sleep Duration
- iOS 9.0 or later
- iPhone 5s or later
- Works With Apple Health
- Anyone who wants a discreet activity, heart rate, and sleep tracker
- Anyone who is unhappy or looking to replace their current activity tracker
- Anyone looking for a more comfortably worn tracker
Who it’s not:
- Android Owners – No App for the Motiv Ring – Coming 2nd quarter of 2018
- Older iPhone Owners – Works with iPhone 5S and newer / iOS 9.0 and newer
- People that own and wear a 24/7 high performance GPS tracking device (Garmin, Suunto, Polar)
- Anyone looking for a GPS accurate run, cycle or swim tracker
The Motiv Ring is a stealthy alternative to the everyday wristband activity trackers. It provides accurate heart rate, calorie and sleep data that is both informative and useful. And while the price point lands it among some smart watches that can do a bit more, it is a refreshing solution for those who are looking to break free of the handcuff that is a wrist based heart rate tracker.
For more information on the Motiv Ring, visit, www.mymotiv.com MSRP $199