iBitz Monitors: Get the kids active!

The iBitz activity trackers, from GeoPalz and corresponding smartphone Apps are unique in that both parents and children can use them to measure their activity levels. The iBitz Unity is designed for parents and comes in a variety of colours. Syncing to the Unity app via Bluetooth 4.0, it'll tell you calories burned, steps taken, distance and allow for the tracking of weight.  

iBitz Powerkeys, designed for children are also available in a range of different colours. As well as tracking their activity, they sync to a child-friendly version of the app which unlocks items in many different games in the App store, including Disney's Club Penguin - the idea being that if a child wants to progress in a game, they have to get active first instead of simply sitting around playing on phones and iPads all day long. 

iBitz Unity in black (left) and iBitz PowerKey in blue
The trackers can be clipped securely to the laces on trainers or worn clipped to pockets. Parents can keep track of their children's levels of activity by pairing all trackers in the household to the Unity app which works on iPhone (4S onward), iPad (Air, iPad 4, iPad Mini)and iPod Touch (5th gen onward). 

You can have a tracker for each member of the family paired up to the same app, say on the family iPad and have competitions to see who can take the most steps in a day. 

Setting up the iBitz is simple, however, you will have to confirm the GeoPalz account has been authorised by an adult using a debit/credit card (you will not be charged). There's also set up video tutorials available for both adults and children here

iBitz Unity for Parents is priced at £39.99 and the iBitz Powerkey for Kids are priced at £29.99, both available on Amazon and from John Lewis. 

You can find out more about the iBitz monitors from the video below:

1 comment

  1. I'm on the fence with this one. On one hand it's a good idea to encourage more activity, on the other hand, I don't know whether kids should start getting used to numbers ruling their life so early on (other than in math class!). If the activity tracked in the kids version is purely fun and game-like and the parents don't set any strange goals for their kids otherwise, I can completely get on board with this. Moving should be fun, not harrowing.

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