Last week I was thinking of buying a FitBit or an Upbone device for measuring my activities. The quantified self trend is expanding enormously, while I was thinking of buying one, a lot of other devices showed up on the market. But this thing immediately got my attention. And actually it isn’t meant for me as a target group. But this one is really usefull and helping kids going outside and play. How do you get today’s youth to get off their smart phones, computers, or TVs when there’s so much more content available online.
What it is
The ibitz activity trackers from GeoPalz allow parents to monitor their children’s activity levels and allow time with electronic devices as they see fit. The ibitz PowerKey and Unity fitness trackers attach easily to your kid’s shoe, and use a wireless monitoring to log how much physical activity your child gets.
Easily synced with you phone or tablet, the ibitz system allows parents to ‘lock’ their child’s smart phones, video games, TVs, and other digital devices. Kids can then unlock their devices by meeting certain activity and fitness levels set by their parents. The application for kids features an avatar character that represents your kid.
The system can also link to adults’ fitness monitors, whether they’re ibitz or some others i.e. Nike Fuelband, allowing for greater monitoring and interconnectivity. On another level, the device also opens new possibilities for group fitness efforts, such as a school-sponsored Relay for Life, as activity levels are easily monitored and coincide with raising donations.
Why it’s Cool
I believe in this concept. You should award children and not forbid them something. The Kids app is an interactive game that motivates kids to be active by walking, running and playing, and keeping their ibitz tomagotchi like character alive. The more the child is active with their ibitz the more power their app based character has. They can interact with the game character by feeding it food, water and even putting it to sleep. In this way, the entire ibitz tracker system is turned into a video game type application, rooted in actual physical activity, this keeps the child motivated.