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Motorola unveils MOTOACTV: your Android fitness companion

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Motorola unveils MOTOACTV: your Android fitness companion
Motorola has announed the MOTOACTV, a wearable and lightweight Android-based device, which you can carry with you for your workout and pair with your smartphone. The Moto ACTV has got a small, 1.6-inch touchscreen. Just how light you might ask? Just a mere 1.27 ounces (36g) and 0.38 inches thick (9.6mm).

"Moto ACTV is like having a peronsal trainer and DJ at your side," Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility summarized.

The tiny wearable gadget doubles as a music player, heart-rate monitor, calorie calculator, distance tracker, and GPS device. If you pair it with a Bluetooth headset, you can also take calls without pausing your workouts. It supports the low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 protocol.

"This was really made for fitness enthusiasts…and people like me, who just want to lose a couple pounds," Jha added. 

What’s interesting is that the gadget not only plays music, but also detects which songs pump your heart rate and plays them to boost your performance. Of course, it’s also sweat-proof and resistant to rain and scratches.

Along with it comes a service, MotoActv.com, which stores your workout data. You can also share that on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

The MotoACTV rivals other fitness accessories like the Nike+ system coming bundled with some iOS devices. 

The gizmo will be available on November 18 at Best Buy and in Q1 2012. The biggest letdown? The 8 gig version costs a whopping $249, and the 16GB one goes for $299.

source: Motorola Mobility

Motorola unveils MOTOACTV: your Android fitness companion
Motorola unveils MOTOACTV: your Android fitness companion
Motorola unveils MOTOACTV: your Android fitness companion
Motorola unveils MOTOACTV: your Android fitness companion

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posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:37 5

1. burnetet (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Are they going to come out with another gizmo that finds the TV remote and generates unlimited cheetos? I think that would sell better than this thing.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:43

2. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

if only it was water proof.
and wasnt this expensive...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 17:50

6. donwooss1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

I think it's water proof...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:48

3. BarneyDroid (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)

I def like it, The major draw back is the price! It's gotta meet or beat Ipod Nano's price in order to be competitive

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:05

4. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

sell it for $129 and $189 for 8 and 16 versions respectively and they will dominate the fitness market..... just saying

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:53

5. InJuxHurYlem (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)

Sorry, noobs, but this isn't something you can compare to an iPod. This is more equivalent to a Garmin Forerunner which is right around the $200 point. Except the Garmin doesn't play music or have Bluetooth and is a lot bulkier.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 18:44

7. L3610n (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)

WTH is the point of this? Sorry, but I work out alot and having a cable coming out of my wrist for music just gets in the way. It's cool with bluetooth, but what's the point if my phones have bluetooth capability for music on my stereo bluetooth headset?? And did it say you can relay and answer phone calls through it?? Isn't that pointless and redundant or is this thing actually a phone?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 19:04

8. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

as for your answer,

u can jus connect u r stereo bluetooth headset to u r watch :D
dnt make it hard to accept

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:24

9. nghtwng68 (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)

WTH?!? $249 & $299!!!
For a brand new device to the market you at least keep the price low or competitive to create and generate a following, especially when there are other fitness tools out there much cheaper like the iPod nano for example. Seems like the MOTOACTV will go wayside like the ZOOM. Cool device, just waaaay too expensive.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 14:21

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

If it doesn't sell, the price will drop. It does sound like a really, really cool little device. The price may/may not justify it. I'm not sure.

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