Garmin is the first major fitness company that come out with a kids’ activity tracker, a new device called the Vivofit Jr, an activity tracker specifically designed for the kids. Vivofit Jr can track steps and sleep, as well as how long your kid has been moving, like the band for the adults.
It has a sunlight-readable display that shows a ‘Move’ bar when the kids have been inactive for too long, and it is supposed to motivate its wearers to move for at least 60 minutes a day. Like adult version of the Vivofit activity-tracking wristband, its battery is expected to last for a year; and the band is water resistant for swimming.
The device also acts as a watch, and it can be personalized with your child’s name. All of your kids data feeds into a free, parent-controlled mobile app (different from Garmin Connect, simply called Vivofit Jr) where you can just monitor your kids’ activity levels and set goals and tasks they should complete.
One other important feature noted was that the parents will be able to award coins to children for completing assigned tasks and chores. These coins can then be redeemed for the agreed-upon rewards. And if your child is a procrastinator, this band itself features a countdown timer for when the task is coming due.
Garmin says this will cost $79.99 and it will come in five colors: Digi Camo (pretty awesome name), Broken Lava, Purple Strike, Real Flower, and… black. It fits wrists up to145mm, and XL version fits wrists ranging from 146mm to 170mm. It is available now at Target and Best Buy, with arrival at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Toys’R’Us, Walmart, and additional retailers later this fall.