I get very excited about new Fitbit launches, and after a long time hoping and expecting, they finally launched a kids’ Fitbit, the Ace, to their mix. My nine-year-old son was equally thrilled – he’s been wanting his own gadget for a while.
Pitched at kids aged eight and up, the Ace is a kids’ wearable device tracker that also acts as a watch. Together with a free app for a phone or tablet, kids can see their step count, amount of sleep they’ve been getting, and how much exercise they’ve done too.
Other features include:
- Reminders to move – your child will be reminded and encouraged to do at least 60 minutes of activity a day. Note that this activity doesn’t mean they need to be running around a field. Rather, it’s about getting up and about, rather than just playing Fortnite on the sofa, or watching YouTube videos.
- 5-day battery life
- Step and active minute tracking
- Goal badges and “celebrations”
- LED screen
- Water resistant
- Fitbit app with a parents’ view so that they can track what’s going on too
- Fitness challenges that kids can take part in against family members and friends
My nine-year-old was able to sync his Ace with ease, and set up his profile. More than that, nothing really needs to be done. Kids can simply put on this sleek and easy-to-manage device, and off they go. There are no buttons on the touchscreen – kids need to tap the screen in order to see the time and date, and how many steps and activity they’ve done. The buckle is quite sturdy, and it feels like the Ace is a device that will stay on through outdoor activities and sport.
So you might be asking why your child might need a device that tracks their activity, and how they could benefit. From my son’s point of view, he enjoys tracking his activity, seeing his goals through and being able to access this kind of info.
It hasn’t put pressure on him at all, and he’s not hard on himself or upset if he doesn’t hit his goals. He’s been encouraged by his activity, and I feel that the incentive has been positive and he’s been more active. That however might also be helped by the warmer weather, and a bit more iPad restriction.
It must be said that my son was not looking forward to giving the review unit back, and so he asked for one for his birthday, which he now happily and eagerly wears. An added benefit, and certainly not the main goals of a fitness tracker, is that with a watch on his wrist, he’s more aware of timing in his life and others, something that I guess one can’t truly experience without a watch.
What are your thoughts?
The Ace is available from Takealot for R1 899.