When Striiv hits Best Buy stores next week, it’ll come with maybe the most comprehensive social fitness program we’ve seen yet out of the spate of mobile fitness devices that have been hitting the market.
In terms of recording statistics, Striiv doesn’t stray too far from being a basic pedometer – you’ll get steps, distance, calories, stairs, and minutes of activity. The big attraction of Striiv is its social networking features. With Striiv Connected, users can link up their Striiv devices and bet things like household chores over who can reach certain milestones the fastest. Whole families can link up their Striiv devices and earn trophies and points for beating family averages and the like, providing additional motivation.
Those social features aren’t too unlike anything we’ve seen before, but Striiv ups the ante with Myland, a game where Striiv owners can spend those earned energy points. The Striiv people describe it as “Farmville-like.” If the addiction factor is indeed the same, it could be the first time we’ve seen a healthy gaming addiction.
Striiv is also smart. The device will create gradually tougher fitness challenges (usually involving the number of steps taken or stairs climbed) according to individual performance. Striiv will progressively understand the user’s need the more the individual uses it.
Striiv will be available in Best Buy stores next week for the price of about $100. You can check out more details about the device’s new features below.