2018 started off with rumors about brand new fitbit trackers hitting the market soon. With the first quarter over, the health world has been introduced to FitBit Ace- the fitness tracker for children! Apparently, over the years, FitBit did its own research and found out that 85% of the parents were looking forward to fitness trackers dedicated solely to children and this laid the groundwork for FitBit Ace. Without further ado, here’s all the tea on this very new fitness tracker.
Design wise, the first impression might leave you confused as the FitBit Ace has the same design as that of FitBit Alta. The idea was to keep it on the same lines as that of adult trackers so that children get the “same” tracker as their parents. Currently, the FiBit bands on the Ace tracker come in two colors- power purple and electric blue.
With the same slim-wristband appeal, which are totally adjustable, and the black-tappable screen, your child would be able to access almost the same features as other trackers (minus the heart rate feature). The tracker is showerproof, which means it can withstands random spills every now and then but taking a dive into the pool with this on would most certainly fry it.
A good thing about this tracker is the battery life on Ace, which is bound to last an astounding 5 days. The screen is capable of informing your child about their goal progress, date, time and more.
In order to make things a little fun, this tracker offers the option of choosing from 10 different-yet-really-cool clock face designs. The tracker is also programmed to display rewarding and motivational phrases like “let’s go” to keep your child pumped.
What To Expect from Your Fitbit Ace
Because it is targeted towards kids, the age limit for account set up has been brought down to 8, but of course, it is not possible without involving a parent. On the FitBit app, parents set up a family account and then add the child and this becomes a joint platform for everyone to see the child’s activity and performance. Parents also get to choose how many users can be added or not, giving them the ultimate control.
Once the account has been set-up, once can view different stats including steps taken, sleep schedules, active minutes, current goals and progress. However, it must be known that the FitBit Ace does not monitor the total calories burned. Other than this, customized goals and active minutes can be set, which upon completion will give the children badges.
For children to see their progress, there is a whole separate mode dedicated to them. The purpose is to make it fun and easy for them to understand their own activity. Through this kid view option, they can choose their clock face designs, see their progress and yes, this kids view can be turned on and off only by the parents.
To take things up a notch, this Fitbit will also give you and your kids the option to challenge other people into competitions. Along with challenges, through the app you can also communicate and send in positive messages to one another.
Last but not the least, you can view your child’s activity and movements directly on your smart devices, as the FitBit Ace tracker automatically syncs and keeps updating the progress.
Families that have been associated with FitBit trackers will absolutely love this little addition, for it will make their kids a direct part of their lifestyle. Because most of the control is in parent’s hands, this means that parents can get to choose and direct everything. The whole set-up is secure and private, all while giving your child access to their activity logs too.
This tracker can do its intended purpose (i.e to monitor and motivate your child’s activity) and includes some of the most latest and complex features, such as monitoring sleep hours and keeping a proper schedule of it. The sleek, sturdy design paired with a 5 day battery life is sure to give you child the freedom to move more and be more active.
With this activity tracker, sure you can motivate your kids to move more, but for children with severe health issues like obesity, the tracker lacks certain important features like the total calories burned, heart rate etc. So to sum it up….
Will it help your child be more active and instill a sense of healthy lifestyle? Guaranteed, Yes.
Will it help your child actually lose “weight” and be more healthy? No guarantees here.