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Motorola’s MOTOACTV – A Smart Fitness Watch – Officially Announced for November

Motorola has announced the MOTOACTV, a fitness watch that Motorola’s touting as the smartest yet. It’s an Android-based watch that focuses on fitness and music playing as the two go hand-in-hand. It’s a 46mm square device that weighs just 35 grams, a 1.6 inch capacitive display and has a 600MHz processor. We’re not too sure any of you will care about that, though – rooting and overclocking this thing would be silly.

For the fitness stuff, it’ll record all the usuals – pace and miles per hour, steps, your heartrate and it even has specific recording modes for different workouts like treadmills, ellipticals, step machines and more. And as you’ll likely be in the elements with it, they’ve made it scratch, shock and sweat resistant so you can workout anywhere and sweat as profusely as you want.

As for the music part, you’ll get to load up to 4,000 songs (not an exact figure, of course) and also listen to FM radio. The device will automatically fade your music into a paused state as your device gives you audial updates on your vitals and your workout progress.

All of that will be possible with a compatible wireless headset that interfaces with the device. Motorola says not only does music sound great in the headset, it also has a heart-rate monitor so you don’t have to worry about having to take your own reading (which can waste time or lead to inaccurate reads).

The MOTO ACTV will interface with a special website – motoactv.com – that will allow you to sync your fitness progress, create custom workout plans, share your workout statistics with your friends and more. We imagine at some point all of this will sync up to your phone, though Motorola made no mention of that.

The device will be made available in Novebmer for $250 (8GB) and $300 (16GB). The SF700 and SF500 wireless headsets will be $150 and $100, respectively. Read on for full press details

 

 

Motorola Mobility Unveils MOTOACTV™ — The Ultimate Fusion of Music and Fitness

Oct. 18, 2011

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Oct. 18, 2011 – Scorch more calories, shatter personal records and train even harder with MOTOACTV, the new fitness device from Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI). MOTOACTV is a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player in one. Sync MOTOACTV with your PC, so you can check out the music you perform to best or track your workouts over extended time periods, set goals and even create workout competitions with your friends via the MOTOACTV Web Portal. And MOTOACTV features a touch-screen display so you can instantly launch a new workout or find that one song you’ve been dying to hear.

“We brought the features you love in your smartphone to the fitness world with a groundbreaking addition, MOTOACTV,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. “Workout smarter without using multiple devices or even wires, with the first multi-activity music and fitness tracking device with the brains to push you beyond your limits.”

Stay on Top of Your Stats
We get it. You’re obsessed with your pace, number of calories burned, miles covered, personal records and fitness facts. MOTOACTV uses Motorola AccuSense™ technology and GPS to ensure measurement accuracy of your performance. Your time, distance, speed, heart rate1 and calories burned are all measured, so you can reach your fitness or weight loss goals faster than ever.

Then, upload your workout to MOTOACTV.com to analyze the performance data tracked by the device and review useful, easy-to-understand charts, tools and programs that help you see your strengths and empower you to overcome challenges. You can also get workout tips and training plans from fitness experts at MOTOACTV.com and on your Android™-powered smartphone with our free mobile app available via Android Market™ and pre-installed on DROID RAZR™ by Motorola.

Run. Ride. Jam.
Heart pumping, thighs burning and five laps to go. You need a serious soundtrack to get you through. MOTOACTV can rock up to 4,000 of your favorite songs while tracking your every move, from the Rockies to the gym. Ultra-portable, you choose the way you want to wear MOTOACTV: strap it on your wrist or arm, clip it to your shirt or mount it on your bike during an outdoor ride2.

 

 

Your playlist is more than just workout songs: they’re songs that push you to perform at your best. The smart music player learns what tracks motivate you most by measuring your performance against your music and then uses those songs to create your personal high-performance playlist.

On those days when your automatically generated high-performance playlist isn’t doing the trick, you can switch to FM radio for even more song variety. And if the music is really moving you, go that extra mile – MOTOACTV tracks your outdoor training via GPS.

 

Keep Connected, Keep Your Pace

 

Real athletes don’t wear earbuds, they rock sports headphones. Introducing innovative sports headphones with built-in heart rate monitors, durable design and crystal-clear audio, the Motorola SF700 wireless and Motorola SF500 wired headphones deliver exceptional sound quality and real-time audible readouts of your heart rate allowing you to track your performance without the uncomfortable squeeze of a chest strap.

MOTOACTV also gives you the option to stay connected to your Android™-powered smartphone, so you can answer calls, receive texts and rock out via your headphones without breaking a stride.

In addition to working with MOTOACTV, the Bluetooth® wireless Motorola SF700 and wired Motorola SF500 sports headphones are compatible with mobile phones, music players and tablets from Motorola and other leading manufacturers.

MOTOACTV will rock your fitness goals with the following features:

 

  • Ongoing tracking of fitness performance stats, including pace, distance, calories burned, and map of route covered, with automatic wireless syncing of workout data to MOTOACTV.com
  • 8GB or 16GB of storage for endless playlists
  • Sports a 1.6” full-color touch-screen display that is sweat-proof, rain-resistant and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass that auto-adjusts for indoor or outdoor lighting
  • Option to sync with the latest Android-powered smartphone to receive incoming calls and texts
  • FM radio capabilities for more song variety
  • Up to five hours of battery life for outdoor workouts, 10 hours indoors, and nearly two weeks on standby
  • Supports both Bluetooth® 4.0 and ANT+ wireless connectivity for your existing fitness sensors and your future ones
  • Size: 46mm x 46mm x 9.6 mm
  • Weight: 35 g

Pricing and Availability
Beginning today, consumers can pre-order MOTOACTV at www.motorola.com, Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com®, REI.com and SportsAuthority.com. Starting on November 6, 2011, MOTOACTV will be available for sale at Best Buy®, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, The Sports Authority and online at Amazon.com, with other retailers following shortly.

The exclusive launch carrier will be Verizon Wireless with availability in November.

 

 

The MSRP for MOTOACTV 8G is $249 and $299 for 16G. Motorola SF700 and Motorola SF500 sports headphones are sold separately and will be $149 and $99 MSRP respectively.

MOTOACTV will also be available in Latin America and Europe starting in Q1 2012. For more information about MOTOACTV, please visit MOTOACTV press kit.

 

 

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.



  • polarbehr76

    A wee bit pricey me thinks.

    • Dave4321

      Where is the price?

      • polarbehr76

        in the live event.
        8gb-$249
        16gb-$299

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

          I can get an arm band for my phone for $20 or so… Pass.

      • RedPandaAlex

        Considering it has a gps, wifi, and a headset, I’m not at all surprised by the price. I’m sure it’ll be worth the price to some people.

        • http://twitter.com/Mark_Lunney Mark Lunney

          I agree that you pay for what you get. Wish they did a cheaper version without all these bells and whistles though, I’d just like an Android-powered mp3 player with basic apps in this small form factor.

    • scott lathrop

      The price will go down over time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MikeFalcor Mike Snyder

    Would be VERY interested if it would incorporate some sort of wireless sync with your phone (in such a way where you would NOT have to have your phone with you, of course). Being able to see and respond to texts would be pretty cool, though with such a small screen, it may not be plausible.

    • RedPandaAlex

      It’s not a 3g device, so to sync you’d have to have the phone with you.

      • http://twitter.com/timmyjoe42 tim bennett

        What’s the point of having GPS on it if it doesn’t have 3G? You need the phone for 3G, so you might as well use the phone for the GPS also. (Unless it’s going to have preloaded maps.)

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

          I’d guess it could bluetooth up to your phone and download whatever maps are needed. But that’s entirely a guess.

  • dawankler

    Is that 35 PS3 games, or are we talking about 35 atari games, cause the weight is WAY different.

  • joshversusk

    Could prove very useful for us active folk.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schneitz

    This sounds like a good device. Yes, it has a lot of songs, but I have two questions: Does it have a calorie count? Does it have a heart rate monitor?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      Probably can get a calorie count for it as a 3rd party app if nothing else…

    • ionekoa

      if you look at the picture there are two contacts in the band, i believe that is your heartrate monitor

  • Nick Whitaker

    pretty awesome that it will show incoming phone calls and notifications from your phone.

  • Gabriel Mak

    uh… I’m sorry but … common … the apple boys definately have something to accuse of copying ..

    • http://twitter.com/smJeffA Jeff Alberda

      Yep I would say so, however if you are going to make a small watch like device like this, how else could you do it? I doubt that they make round screens.

  • Jaswinder Singh

    $249 for 8GB and $299 for 16 GB. It was in the webcast right after Bob Harper finished speaking..

  • scott lathrop

    Dick Tracy invented this years ago.

  • linkgx1

    Or I could get an iPod/iPhone and just use the Nike app. This watch is TOO MUCH.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AYWDJJXTPFREXRHAACZ3UMJ3Y tc

    No sir I do not like it, talk about holy iWannabe.

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    Standby for an army of sedentary nerds comment on a product for athletes lol.

  • CoolBreeze_777

    I just got my Cowon D3 and Nike plus – TOMTOM watch. I think this being able to do all that and one less thing to carry while running is a HELL OF A DEAL. For the athletic people out there this is nice.

  • Paul Chromik

    Completely designed just to compete with the iPod Nano being used as a watch. Which, to be honest, I don’t think will ever work out as it is. It’s a cool idea, though. I just don’t see it ever taking off. I didn’t read through the entire thing but, is it waterproof? Or at least water resistant? If it is, that could be what kills the iPod Nano.

  • logotic

    Does it tell time?

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    WANT! Not even for the fitness stuff. Just as a watch. =p

    Wish it was priced a little more competitively with the iPod Nano though. $250 is pretty steep =/