Motorola Mobility fitness device adds golf version
Mar 22, 2012 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Motorola Mobility unveiled Thursday a golf-centric version of its MOTOACTV fitness tracker that monitors performance statistics and allows users to share the results of their rounds with friends.
The Libertyville-based company introduced the MOTOACTV last year. The small gadget, which runs on the Android operating system used in mobile devices such as smartphones, is part of a growing category of fitness technology designed to give consumers more robust and user-friendly data about their physical activity and weight-loss efforts.
The MOTOACTV Golf Edition uses built-in GPS to measure a player's distance to the green and to hazards. It also tracks statistics such as the number of putts taken. The gadget syncs wirelessly with a website and allows players to see a virtual, satellite-view simulation of a round, including the arc of a ball flight. Scorecards can be shared online with friends.
The product is available for pre-order at the Motorola website and on Amazon. It costs $299.99 and will start shipping on April 1.
Motorola Mobility isn't the only Chicago-area company applying mobile technology to the world of golf. A local startup has developed a product called Swingbyte, which weighs less than an ounce and attaches below the grip of a golf club. Data on each swing are instantly sent via a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone or tablet.
According to Swingbyte's website, the gadget was developed with help from "aerospace instrumentation experts" from the University of St. Petersburg in Russia who have "experience working on Russian drones."
The Swingbyte costs $149.99 and is available for pre-order through the company's website. Shipping starts in April.
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