Garmin's Vivofit Jr Fitness Tracker Turns Chores Into A Game

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Garmin's new kid-friendly fitness tracker will track your spawn's steps, sleep and activity via a parent-controlled app. The Vivofit jr. aims to motivate kids with fun and educational mobile adventures, and family step challenges. It also includes behaviour management for parents, who can assign chores and motivate with agreed-upon rewards.

This actually sounds awesome.

Adam Howarth, General Manager of Garmin Australasia says the Vivofit jr. was designed "with kids and parents in mind, from its durable and comfortable band to its engaging app that motivates kids to get moving, while keeping parents involved."

Aimed at four to nine year olds, the band is stain proof, and all in one piece, stretching over your offspring's hand to fit comfortably on their wrist. Its one-year battery life and water resistance mean kids rarely have to take it off, and there's a bunch of designs to choose from, too.

The display is high-resolution and sunlight-readable, the watch face tells the time, includes the date and reminds kids to stay active with a move bar. It can also be personalised to include your little one's name.

The app itself features a "mobile adventure trail" that unlocks "fun facts" for kids, and chore/behaviour management for parents. From the app, you can add multiple children and see their daily activity, chores and sleep. Basically you can turn everyday into a big fitness-based competition.

The chores you set will earn "coins" for the kids, who can them redeem them for rewards you decide on. Preloaded chores are managed through the app and can be set to recur daily or weekly, or personalised chores can be created. There's even a task timer to remind them time to finish their chore is ticking down -- so you don't have to.

The tracker comes in black and digi camo, and optional bands are available in broken lava, purple strike and real flower. It will be avail;able at Rebel and Amart Sports from October, and cost $129.