KidFit Activity Tracker Wants to End Childhood Obesity

Kid fitness trackerWith activity trackers and health apps all the range, it was only a matter of time before the technology was bundled in a kid friendly package and marketed to concerned parents.

The new KidFit tracker is designed to help encourage sedentary children to make activities a game, and help create a positive behavioral change.

Setup is as easy as pressing a button and downloading the accompanying app. The “slap band” style wristband is water resistant and lasts up to seven days on a single charge. Rather than counting steps, the device has goals such as getting enough sleep, and staying active. In addition to the predetermined challenged, parents can also set up goals, and are encouraged to go over the activity metrics each day with their children.

The KidFit will be available on August 15th in black, aqua, hot pink, yellow and red for $49.99. They’re taking pre-orders now, and the first 1,000 orders get a $10 discount. Learn more at KidFit.us

Comments

Sardus Pater - 06/21/14 - 8:49am

This is the saddest thing ever. Parents too busy or ignorant to have their kids motivated to go out and play rather than dumb themselves up with the Playstation will now have to rely to a crappy electronic device to get them on the go. Well done parents,congratulations for a job well done. I’m turning 41 today,what I clearly rembember about my childhood are constanlty bruised knees and helbows and none of my folks used to clean my bruises with anti bacterial BS things either. A quick rinse and out again jumping,climbing,falling,mud,water,trees . Uh…did I mention that I’m skinny too ?

Flip - 06/21/14 - 10:32am

^-Came here to say something similar.

This is actually kind of sick. Children don’t need metrics for fitness. The last thing we should be doing is breaking down playtime into homework that kids will inevitably want to do.

Want to fight childhood obesity? Keep sugar away from your kids, and turn off the TV. Problem solved.

Monk - 06/21/14 - 11:29am

And what about homemade meals with natural food ? Ah, yes, parents will have to keep their a** off the sofa and leave the TV remote… My three kids didn’t have any overweight problem. As said above, no TV, no Playstation, no PC, no soda and much sport. The only “downside” is you have to do your parent’s job.

Jay - 06/21/14 - 12:09pm

Agree with all. The answer is simple and having healthy kids that aren’t overweight is not exactly difficult. Set a good example first and foremost. If the parents are eating healthy and being active the kids will follow suit. Why is it that people need a tracker just to tell themselves how much “activity” they have done. Just get off the couch, workout/be active, eat right, and do it consistently. Or as I heard from somewhere, “eat less and do more.”

G.S. - 06/21/14 - 2:45pm

Saddest thing ever? Sick? Really? Are you also telling the army of adults out there chasing Strava PRs/KOMs that using such an electronic “crutch” to motivate their activities is the saddest thing ever?

You are certainly welcome to believe that children do not “need” such devices, but I don’t see any harm in someone selling/marketing a relatively low cost technology that can be used to assist (not replace) parents in teaching fitness habits to children.

The marketing I see from the manufacturers just talks about encouraging healthy activity using the same sort of metric tracking that motivates many an adult cyclist to use items like Strava/GPS units/HRMs/etc. The mention of “fighting childhood obesity” seems to come from BikeRumor and not the manufacturer. If you believe that such devices for children are “kind of sick” and “the saddest thing ever”, at what age does it become OK to use metric trackers like Strava, FitBit or other such devices?

notapro - 06/21/14 - 3:08pm

Hey kids, Whaddya say we walk in instead of using the drive thru everyday?! Gee, dad, you’re so smart!

Saris Mercanti - 06/21/14 - 4:03pm

@ G.S.

Actually, the phrase”fight childhood obesity” comes from the press release.

- Saris

James S - 06/21/14 - 5:17pm

Well G.S., Strava is a bit pathetic, but the power meters are a much better analogy.
However, it doesn’t really hold up. Lots of people ride bikes for fun and transportation and are healthier because of it. They don’t need any electronic gizmos or techno-stimulation to do it. As dumb as Strava, power meters, GPS, and $3600 carbon wheels are, most people start out riding bikes first and then get obsessed with the fredly side of things.
The last thing kids these days need is more electronics.

G.S. - 06/21/14 - 8:09pm

I’m not a fan of using “childhood obesity” to market a product. Just market the product on its merit without invoking such topics.

Sure, lots of people ride bikes for lots of different reasons. Some of them even use technological devices for motivation and enjoyment. We are all reading a website that showcases the latest $8000 bikes and $3000 wheels. No one needs that stuff to ride bikes for fun, transportation and fitness, but we visit this site anyway.

You may argue against the need for devices such as this (especially for children), but singling it as somehow worse than all the other frivolous (and far more costly) products on bikerumor seems pointless. I can’t agree with “all technology for kids is wrong”. There is always a balance to be struck and that balance is different for each parent and each child. I don’t see any problem in giving children and parents access to tools like this. Fighting against all technology is like shouting at the wind. It’s more useful to figure out how to make technology work for you. I’ll worry about what works for my kids and let other parents find what works for them.

Psi Squared - 06/21/14 - 11:52pm

I wasn’t aware that power meters are dumb. Interesting. Wait, it’s the BR comment section. That means that there has to be at least one commenter saying a certain product is dumb.

James - 06/22/14 - 5:08am

“Saddest thing ever? Sick? Really? Are you also telling the army of adults out there chasing Strava PRs/KOMs that using such an electronic “crutch” to motivate their activities is the saddest thing ever?”

Yeah, pretty much.

N B - 06/22/14 - 11:26am

Just what the little ninos need….. more toys. Mom: “go play!” Kid: “Buuuut mommmm, I can’t because my doohickey isn’t charged yet!”

padrote - 06/22/14 - 6:01pm

a website designed to track your exercise activity is pathetic and power meters are dumb. this is solid commentary.

jebspeed - 06/22/14 - 10:15pm

My 7 yr. old mountain biking, competitive swimming, soccer loving, super fit and healthy son would absolutely love this thing! Why? A: it looks cool! B: He is super competitive and is always pushing himself and this would be like a game to him to beat his goals.

We use tech everywhere these days. I don’t see anything wrong with this at all. If it helps get a few kids off the couch or keeps a few kids extra motivated than great.

Henry - 06/23/14 - 4:19pm

This comment section PROVES BR can post ANYTHING and the experts on here will tear it apart like they know it all….

I totally agree with G.S. it doesn’t matter what it is as long as it helps kids be healthy and active. I think this product is a great idea! Kids now days want something more than “just play outside” having this watch give you details on the kids activity would be very interesting for some kids who may be into numbers or health. Why the negativity????

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