The holidays are about to kick into full swing and that means food, food, and more food.  Over indulgence is one of the corner stones of the Thanksgiving and with it comes weight gain that is unparalleled to the rest of the year.  So this holiday you might want to consider a fitness tool and app to keep you motivated and on top of your game.

Launching today is the Striiv Play pedometer.  It’s not unlike any other pedometer we’ve seen before, and in fact is pretty analogous to that of FitBit’s One, as it too connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0 to send over our daily stats.  The Play can strap onto your belt or pants thanks to a built-in clip, and uses an OLED screen to show you steps, stairs, distance, calories, activity minutes, time and trophies that you’ve accomplished.  All of this collected data can be synced with Striiv’s free app, which uses a gaming system to help motivate you to stay healthy and if need be lose weight.  Since the Striiv Play can track and store data on its own, a smartphone app isn’t always necessary, though to access the gaming option, as well as to compete with friends you’ll need one on hand – plus who wants to view their stats and data on such a small screen.

That all said, the Play is said to have a battery life that should last up to one week, where upon it will require charging.  We’re not sure if that’s with or without Bluetooth 4.0 turned on, but a charge every few days probably isn’t a bad idea.

The Striiv Play goes on sale today at Best Buy, Amazon, and other major retailers for $70.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."