Garmin releases Vivofit Jr. – tracking and encouragement for kids

image-11Garmin has announced the vívofit jr. activity tracker to encourage kids to stay on the move.

The kid-friendly design is comfortable, durable, swim friendly and features one-year battery life for 24/7 wearability. In addition to tracking steps, sleep and kids’ activity on the way to their recommended 60-minute daily play goal, the vívofit jr. comes with a free, parent-controlled mobile app. The app motivates kids with fun and educational mobile adventures, and family step challenges. It also includes behaviour management for parents, who can assign chores and motivate with agreed-upon rewards.

The vívofit jr features a non-staining, one-piece band that stretches over a child’s hand to fit comfortably on their wrist. Its one-year battery life and water resistance mean kids rarely have to take it off, and there are multiple vibrant band designs. The high-resolution display is sunlight-readable display.

The vívofit jr. tracks kids’ steps, sleep and active time on their way to the recommended 60-minute daily play goal. The watch face tells time, includes the date and reminds kids to stay active with a move bar. It can also be personalised to include a child’s name.

The vívofit jr. also comes with a free app that features a mobile adventure trail to unlock for kids and chore/behaviour management for parents. From the app, parents can add multiple children and see their daily activity, chores, sleep and more when the vívofit jr. automatically syncs to their smartphone. Turn everyday into a fun competition as parents and kids compete as a family in a daily step challenge. As kids achieve their 60-minute daily play goal they’ll unlock fun facts on the app’s adventure trail, motivating them to keep reaching their goals.

The easy-to-use app allows parents to assign chores that kids complete to earn coins that can be redeemed for agreed-upon rewards. Preloaded chores are managed through the parent’s mobile device and can be set to recur daily or weekly, or personalised chores can be created. And for those who tend to procrastinate, a task timer is accessible from the vívofit jr. band for a reminder that time to finish their chore is ticking down.

The vívofit jr. band is designed for ages four to nine and is available in black and digi camo and optional bands are available in broken lava, purple strike and real flower. The vivofit jr. has a recommend retail price of AU$129.

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