New affordable wearable tracker in the works

The ZTE Blue Watch wearable computer and camera device is shown at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 8, 2014. — Reuters pic
The ZTE Blue Watch wearable computer and camera device is shown at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 8, 2014. — Reuters pic

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WASHINGTON, Oct 21 — Based on the expectation that access to personal fitness and well-being data shouldn’t be a luxury, Pivotal Living has created an affordable system that costs just US$12 (RM36.70) for the wearable device and a one-year membership to its app’s services.

The system allows users to track their calories burned, daily active time, hydration, sleep quality and duration, steps and weight. It also allows users to see the per centage of their daily goals they’ve met.

Like more costly versions, the Life Tracker 1 smartband alerts users when they’ve been inactive too long and contains a vibrating alarm, waking the user up gently rather than jarringly.

The system is currently available for pre-order at www.pivotalliving.com with shipping expected in December.

A similarly priced system that offers most of the same services is available from China-based Xiaomi although its price — originally around US$13 — has climbed in recent months.

Perhaps the king of affordable wearables is Lineable, a US$5 child tracking beacon that offers peace of mind in a bare-bones package. — AFP/Relaxnews

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