Motiv’s fitness ring is simple, but surprisingly capable

When Motiv told me what they were working on just ahead of CES, I perked up. It wasn’t the functionality — there are a million trackers out there that do what the device does and much more. It was the potential the product represents — the beginnings of liberation from the tyranny of the wrist.

It’s easy to understand why so many companies are so attached to that thin little joint connecting our hands and forearms — human being have been using that little bit of flashy real estate to house technology for a century and a half at least. Adding a little extra brains to wrist watch was a perfect solution. But there are plenty of other body parts that haven’t gotten their fair share, so it’s nice to see a hardware startup shaking things up a bit.

The ring isn’t quite as…

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