Back in March, Fitbit introduced its first fitness tracker geared for children of ages eight to 13 — the Fitbit Ace. The device can track a child’s activity and also provide parents with an overview of what they’re up to. Just in time for summer, the Fitbit Ace is now available for purchase.
Modeled after the Fitbit Alta, the Ace comes in two different colors — Power Purple and Electric Blue. By glancing at the display, users can easily read both their steps and statistics. The wristband is also designed to accommodate children as they grow, as it allows them to adjust it whenever it starts to feel too tight.
In terms of features, the Fitbit Ace can track steps, how long kids are active each day, and how long they’re sleeping. If kids hit their goals, they’ll receive celebratory messages as well as achievement badges. But unlike other children’s wearables, the Ace doesn’t have any GPS capabilities so it won’t track children’s exact location.
Kids are able to set their own daily goals and active minutes for the Ace to track each day. They can also compete in step challenges with other family members, and send each other messages or cheers. Parents can also turn on Reminders to Move, which will send kids friendly on-screen messages to encourage them to stay active throughout the day.
All of the information can be viewed through the Fitbit app, which syncs wirelessly to iOS and Android devices. Parents will have to set up a family account, along with an account for their child. Through ‘Parent’s View,’ parents have an in-depth view of their child’s activity, while Kid’s View is more restricted. It allows children to see their stats, badges, and more, but can be turned on and off by the parent.
But Fitbit also made sure the information kids had access to wasn’t going to impact them negatively. So, statistics like body fat percentage or calorie count won’t be accessible for them.
When it comes to battery life, the Ace should be able to last kids up to five days but this could vary depending on use. Since it’s showerproof, neither parents nor children will have to worry about ruining it when there’s a spill. There are also 10 clock face designs to choose from which show goal progress, date, and time, among other information.
Update: The Fitbit Ace is now available for purchase worldwide.
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