Motiv Ring: A Stylish Fitness Tracker with New Security Updates

Fitness tracker ring w/ WalkID biometric authentication, 2FA & password-free logins.

Finding the right fitness tracker might be tricky. It all boils down to how much you expect from your fitness tracker. If you’re a less is more type of guy, then Motiv is for you.

Motiv Ring is a basic tracker that tells you how many calories you’ve burned, how many steps you’ve taken and how your overall sleep quality is. For a basic tracker, Motiv is a great option. On top of that this stylish tracker comes in the form of a ring and its so light and comfortable that you’d forget you’re wearing it. The band fits like a wedding ring, but despite its tiny size, it packs an optical heart-rate monitor, Bluetooth, three-axis accelerometer, and LED.

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The ring features WalkID – a new biometric authentication system based on gait analysis. WalkID can run as long as the user is wearing it and walking, which allows for continuous, passive authentication. The company said fingerprint and facial recognition through a paired smartphone will further extend the biometric authentication security of the ring.

Last week, Motiv said it has added new security features to the Motiv Ring wearable fitness tracker.

Image: The ring is water-resistant up to 50m (Image: Motiv)

The Motiv Ring now does two-factor authentication (2FA), which acts as an extra layer of security when logging in to your online accounts.

While wearing the device on your finger, a simple gesture would make sure that you're really you when logging in.

Motiv is also working on bringing password-free logins to the Motiv Ring, so you can use the ring to bypass passwords altogether.

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The LED on the device is off most of the time. This LED shows you when the device is charging and when it is syncing.

Here are more specs

  • Water resistant up to 50m
  • Bluetooth
  • Three-day battery life
  • Supports a host of Android devices like Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, S9, S9 Plus, Note 5, and Note 8, and Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Syncing can be prompted manually on the device by rotating it three times

All these features and the unobtrusiveness of a ring makes Motiv Ring one of the first wearable authentication devices that’s really becoming popular among fitness buffs.

Sam Draper
November 1, 2018

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