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A quick look at the Pivotal Living Band

This Monday, the Seattle-based startup Pivotal Living plans to officially announce its new activity tracker, named Pivotal Living Band. This new band is named after the company’s first activity tracker, Pivotal Living Tracker 1.

At the price of 12 dollars, customers will receive a full-year access to the company’s Android and iOS app. Do not worry, because after the subscription ends, it can be renewed for another full year of access. The best thing about renewal is that users will also receive a new band.

As for the band’s design, it looks nearly identical with the last year’s model. However, it’s probably a little lighter and it doesn’t feel as solid as the Jawbone Up2. The new Pivotal Living Band can measure steps taken, calories burned from activities, distance traveled, sleep and active minutes.

Due to its display, users can easily view their progress, but unfortunately it doesn’t have some advanced features, like an optical hear-rate sensor. However, the band is very attractive and it has a good feature, vibration for a silent alarm. The battery life can last between 5 to 7 days, which is similar with the FitBit Charge that costs 130 dollars and Jawbone Up2, available at 100 dollars. Living Band remains splash-proof and it isn’t fully water-proof or water-resistant.

Compared with the last year model, the band comes with some minor improvements. The company decided to introduce a stopwatch and users can also see the time while the band is in sleep mode. However, the most significant feature cannot be seen on the surface, but the new band supports over-the-air updates. This means that the company will be allowed to roll out bug fixes and new features to the band. As for the band’s mobile app, it will be updated to include motivational tips, smart coaching notifications, an inactivity alert and syncing reminders. 

The Pivotal Living Company is very famous and has a good reputation, due to its original Tracker 1 that was released last year and generated a lot of buzz. Everyone was curious to try an activity tracker that costs a dollar per month. According to statistics, the company got approximately 10,000 new user signups each weak.

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