LeapBand wristband keeps an eye on kids’ fitness



Last week we told you about a new watch that allows parents to track their kids using GPS. Now comes a wristband that tracks children’s health.

Educational electronics creator LeapFrog will in August release what it calls the first wearable health tracker for children, LeapBand. It’s designed to encourage children to get off the couch by rewarding them for activity.

The US$40 digital wristband, designed for kids aged four to seven, asks kids to perform activities such as “wiggle like a worm” and “pop like popcorn”. It then gives them points that can unlock special game features, such as redeeming them for a virtual dog, donkey, dragon or even unicorn.

The wristband connects to a website or app, where parents can monitor their child’s activity and select physical challenges. LeapFrog says it will provide any data the band collects to parents, but not otherwise use it. Parents can also switch it to school or quiet modes.

The concept of wearable health trackers won’t be new to many parents. Fitness devices such as Fitbit – which measures stats including number of steps taken, calories burned and even minutes slept – are already popular among health-conscious Australian adults.

And while the LeapBand is the first children’s wearable to focus on fitness, it’s not the first wearable wristband for children. Earlier this month Brisbane developers released their TicTocTrack watch at a Sydney conference. The watch uses GPS to track children’s movements and even has an SOS button to use in emergencies. In April, Babyology featured the HereO watch, the smallest GPS tracking device available, which tells parents their child’s whereabouts via an app.

(via Wall Street Journal)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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