The Striiv Smart Pedometer is a small, touchscreen fitness device that tracks steps and motivates users to walk more throughout the day.
Lightweight unit featuring a full-color 2-inch diagonal touchscreen; built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery; keychain with quick release, micro-USB cable and Quick Start Guide
What motivates a person to exercise? There are as many answers to this question as there are people—for some, a desire to stay healthy is enough to get them moving, while others have to dig a little deeper to find their motivation. The Striiv Smart Pedometer, which features an Activity Motivation System, may be the perfect tool for those who are motivated by competition and games.
The Striiv Smart Pedometer is a compact device (about the size of a flip cellphone) that tracks steps, distance, calories, stairs and minutes of activity throughout the day. As the device tracks the user’s activity, it provides encouragement by offering personalized challenges, goals, games and donation opportunities. For example, multiple users can place bets (energy or real-life prizes) on who will win step- or stair-based competitions and compete against one another. Participants can also earn bonus points and trophies for beating friends’ and family members’ stats, such as number of steps or minutes of activity per day. Striiv also features a Farmville-like game called Myland, which allows users to spend energy points on treasure boxes that contain prizes.
Striiv will also appeal to those motivated by altruism and giving back. Striiv recently partnered with GlobalGiving, which allows users to make donations to charity—at not cost to the user—based on the number of steps they take each day. Charity donations are sponsored by corporate partners and are made to causes such as clean water, disease prevention and rainforest preservation.
The Striiv is small enough to wear comfortably, and features a 2-inch color touchscreen that makes it easy and convenient to check throughout the day. Out-of-the-box set-up was quick and easy, requiring little more than registration on the website and inputting basic stats like height, weight and age. The touchscreen makes it easy to transition between functions or to play games or spend energy points. A USB connection makes it easy to connect the device to a computer for software updates, to back up data and to register donations. And, unlike some tracking devices, Striiv does not require an ongoing monthly fee for the services it provides.
Striiv’s maker claims that its users walk an average of 60 minutes and three miles per day, and continue to monitor their activity after using the device for three months. Research on pedometer use suggests they can provide motivation for increasing activity, with users striving to meet the recommended 10,000 steps per day. For those who are not motivated by games or want an interactive experience, a less-expensive pedometer would likely be sufficient for tracking steps and activity. However, for those who enjoy competition and video-based games, the Striiv may offer the perfect mix of information and fun that will keep them exercising day after day.
What we liked:
- Easy-to-use interface and motivational features that enhance user experience
- Pedometer distinguishes between different types of activity, such as walking, running and stair climbing
- No monthly fees
What we didn’t like:
- Because the product is so new, there is no way to predict how well it will hold up or its durability over time. A touchscreen is likely more vulnerable to breakage and, as such, the Striiv may not be appropriate for use during running or sports-related activities.
- If the user doesn’t utilize the added features, such as the Myland game, they might be better off purchasing a less-expensive pedometer
November 6, 2012