Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin Announces vivofit jr. for Kids

vivofit jr, Broken Red, UNITED STATES

The sport and fitness tracker is expanding at a rapid rate, and with automotive GPS starting to taper in recent years, it’s no surprise. However, most trackers are basically more of the same—designed for adults who are looking to either track their fitness, or simply get reminders to stay active. But, Garmin announced recently that it has released its first fitness tracker for kids: the vivofir jr.

This device is designed completely with children in mind from the waterproofing to the bright fun bands suitable for any child. The stretchy band comes in a variety of colors including black, broken lava, digi camo, purple strike, and a flower pattern. The tracker is designed for children ages four to eight, and there are two sizes of bands to fit every kid. 

Here are some of the other highlights of this fun new product:

  • durable kid-friendly design
  • waterproof
  • sunlight readable display
  • One year battery life
  • Customizable with child’s name
  • Tracks steps, sleep, and features a move bar
  • Set chores and other responsibilities, with a countdown timer
  • 60 minute daily play goal
  • Gold coin reward system
  • Includes adventure trail to keep kids motivated

However, most of that is really exactly what you’d expect in a kid’s activity tracker. What makes this band stand apart is the attached parent app which helps parents set goals, track progress, and get updates on their child’s heath right on their phones. The attached app also allows families to compete in a daily step challenge to get everyone in on the fun.

The vivofit jr. will retail for $79.99 and will be available at Target and Best Buy upon release, with additional retailers like Toys’R’Us, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, and others added later in the fall. For more information on the vivofit jr, check Garmin’s website.

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