Motiv smart ring can use your walking pattern to unlock online accounts

You'll soon be able to pay for goods with the Motiv smart ring

motiv smart ring adds fido2 security features set
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Motiv’s fitness tracking smart ring is one of the most subtle ways to track your fitness level, but Motiv is continually adding more. After adding additional security features in 2018, Motiv took to the CES 2019 stage to announce it will be adding NFC mobile payments and ECG readings that act as security authentication.

Motiv has done an excellent updating its smart ring with new functions, and these most recent ones could be its most revolutionary yet. Support for NFC payments would mean you’d be able to pay with your Motiv ring, eschewing the need for a phone or payment card. The support for electrocardiogram readings (ECG) — similar to the Apple Watch Series 4 — would also act as additional security, using the unique pattern of your heartbeat like a fingerprint.

This wouldn’t be the first security features on the ring though. Motiv’s existing security features come in two varieties: Token authentication and biometric identification. Token authentication uses your Motiv smart ring as the second layer of defense for your most important accounts. Rather than sending a two-factor authorization code or request to your smartphone or email address, you’ll be able to certify your login attempt with a simple gesture of your Motiv ring. It will also support password-free logins on Google Chrome and Windows Edge with FIDO2 and WebAuthn.

It has other biometric identification as well, with fingerprint scanning and facial recognition available through the Motiv smartphone app. But the ECG won’t be the ring’s first biometric security either. The ring’s WalkID feature uses your unique method of walking as identification, as gait is as individual and unique as a fingerprint. The smart ring’s continuous tracking allows it to keep track of this.

motiv smart ring adds fido2 security features unlock

We’ve been following Motiv’s smart ring for some time now. If you’re not familiar with the finger-based smart device, the titanium-coated ring pairs with your Android or iOS smartphone, and it counts your active minutes — ensuring you hit 150 minutes a week. It even includes a heart rate sensor, giving people a much more subtle option for casual fitness tracking. Motiv is also looking to branch the subtle device into other elements of everyday life — and online security is at the top of the list.

There hasn’t been an increase in price, and you’ll be able to pick up the Motiv smart ring from $199 from Amazon or Motiv. If you’re unsure about the size, Motiv is also releasing a digital sizing tool that uses A.I. to pinpoint the ring size you need.

Following its launch in the U.S., buyers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and 20 other countries will now be able to purchase the smart Motiv Ring, freeing up their wrist by using their finger to track their fitness, monitor their heart rate, and unlock digital security. The Motiv Ring will also be launching in Smartech stores across eight European countries.

Updated on January 10, 2019: Motiv has announced a wealth of new features for 2019.

Product Review

Apple brought ECG tracking to consumers. Withings is making it affordable

The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $400, and the highlight function is the electrocardiogram, which has the potential to save lives. Withings’ new Move ECG has the same capability but at a fraction of the cost.
Wearables

Check out the four cool Swatch watches you can use for mobile payments

Swatch has announced its Swatchpay technology is now available in Switzerland, enabling mobile payments from your Swatch watch. It works in a similar way to Apple Pay and Google Pay. Here's everything about it.
Wearables

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.
Smart Home

LaMetric teased Sky, an upcoming app-controlled mosaic light panel, at CES 2019

Smart home startup LaMetric put a light in the eyes of guests at this year's CES 2019 with a prototype of a coming product called LaMetric Sky which uses multi-colored LED panels to form app-controlled artwork.
Mobile

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.
Photography

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Mobile

OpenTable points can now be used to whittle down cost of a hotel stay

Have some OpenTable Dining Points built up? Now those points can also be used to make your own hotel discounts. OpenTable is teaming up with Kayak to use points as discounts on participating hotels.
Mobile

Get $100 discount on the Razer Phone 2 for a limited time

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.
Deals

REI slashes prices on Suunto, Garmin, and Fitbit Versa smartwatches

Though fitness trackers and smartwatches can get pretty pricey, REI is offering some sweet discounts on top brands. Right now, you can get a new smartwatch from Fitbit, Suunto, and Garmin for up to 35 percent off its normal price.
Social Media

Twitter suffers privacy scare as bug reveals tweets of protected accounts

If you set your Twitter account to private and you have an Android device, you'd better check your settings now. Twitter says it's just fixed a four-year-old bug that flipped the privacy switch to make the account public.
Mobile

How to jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 12: A beginner’s guide

The latest jailbreaking tools for iOS 12 make freeing your iOS device easier than ever. This guide will teach you how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, and explain what jailbreaking will do for you.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.
Home Theater

Dolby’s secret recording studio app may soon exit stealth mode

In secret testing since June, Dolby's stealth recording and social network app may soon be ready to make an appearance. Dolby 234 blends unique noise-canceling tech with Instagram-like audio filters.
Business

Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.