This gadget can pick just the music your workout needs so that you push yourself harder @ US$ 249.99
I love my bicycle rides. I know I talk a lot about them. Well, I cannot be called a sports buff, really, but I do like to measure what I do—not in terms of weight loss, but performance. It is also important that I listen to appropriate music on my rides so that it pushes me harder while I also get to enjoy myself and my own view of the city. With my previous gadgets, I had to create my own music playlists. If only something could do this cleverly for me, I’d think—and presto, along comes the MotoActv.
You can wear it on your wrist/arm, or mount it on your bicycle. The device stays with you—through jogging, rope skipping, weight lifting or cycling—and measures your workout to optimise songs in a manner that motivates you to work harder and compete against yourself.
With its 3.5 mm built-in jack, you can connect it to your headphones. It has Bluetooth too, so you can also use a wireless hands-free kit. You can use the inbuilt Wi-Fi to upload data of your workouts to MotoActv’s online training portal. What’s more, inbuilt ANT+ connectivity enables you to expand the system by adding more sensors, such as a heart rate belt or speed/cadence sensors.
The MotoActv’s playback time is listed as 20 hours, and it has a standby time of 325 hours. But if you are using it outdoors—say, on a road—it will last only about 9 hours. It comes bundled with a clip, USB charging cable and sports headphones. FM reception is also built into the device.
Its display panel protected by Gorilla Glass, the device is available in two variants: 8 GB and 16 GB. Both weigh about 35 gm and are available only in black with red highlights.
I have always loved a few features of the Nike+ Sportswatch, but the multi-capability MotoActv leaves it way behind.
The above review appeared in the Open Magazine, Volume 04, Issue 11, Dated 19th March 2012. To read the side items and more articles from the magazine, please pick up the print copy.