If you’re fit-minded, chances are you’ve heard of, or seen, someone wearing what looks like a bracelet, but what may actually be a fitness band. Such bands track activity and, in theory, motivate the less active to move more and the consistently active to move better or more efficiently.
The most popular brands of band are offered by Nike, FitBit, and Jawbone, but getting your hands on any one of those options will cost you north of $100; and while they can be a great way to motivate you to do more, some folks would be better served splurging on a nice pair of trainers, a gym membership, or a useful piece of exercise equipment—after all, there are better ways to spend your money, especially if you’re on a tight budget, than on a bracelet which may or may not work as advertised.
That said, a new option for such tech is on the horizon and it could be right up the alley of those who are a bit more frugal-minded—like me.
You pay a $12 annual fee for the app, and the company comps you the tracker, Donovick said in a visit to USA TODAY’s San Francisco offices. Say you lose the band, or crush it somehow: You can renew at any time and Pivotal will send you a new band.
Pre-orders start on Monday (meaning today), with apps for Android and Apple devices. The company is promising delivery of Life Tracker bands in time for the holidays if you order by Dec. 10. (USA Today)
I placed my order this morning because I am very interested to see how well it will work and, if it ends up being less than ideal, I’m only out $15 (the cost of shipping included), so it’s a win for me.
That said, the 30-45 day wait period is a bit of a bummer (Pre-Orders won’t ship until December), but considering I’ve gone without one for this long, I can handle it.