Fitness trackers – not just for adults anymore. Following the announcement of Leapfrog’s LeapBand earlier this year, X-Doria is coming out with KidFit, a more fashionable choice probably better for tweens.
The LeapBand is bigger and has a color screen for animations, which is why it’s suggested for ages four to seven. But, once kids get to about eight or nine, they actually start to care about how they look, and that invites a whole new set of challenges. KidFit is designed for ages 5 to 13 – so, right up to the age when they start wanting expensive adult stuff, and good luck with that! Until then, KidFit looks good enough to keep most kids happy.
KidFit has a simple design – a brightly colored slapband with a tracker in the middle. The tracker part doesn’t have much in the way of a display – there’s just one button to turn it on, and that’s about it. Most of the heavy lifting is done by the KidFit app, which will be available for iOS and Android. The tracker syncs with the app over Bluetooth 4.0, and records the standard stuff – steps taken, distance traveled, time spent active, etc.
That said, the app focuses more on goal-setting than data recording. Upon syncing the tracker with the app for the first time, you’ll have to answer a few questions about your child. After that, the tracker will set goals based on a 100 point system, with the goals changing on a daily basis, taking into account your child’s activity. There’s also room for parents to create custom goals and rewards. Of course, there’s still plenty in the way of record keeping – using the app, you can view graphs or visuals that show total points, progress towards goals and other achievements, and activity history.
KidFit is also IPX3 water resistant. It’ll be available on August 15 for $50, and will come in black, aqua, hot pink, yellow, and red. You can pre-order KidFit now – if you’re one of the first 1,000, you’ll get the tracker for $40.