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LeapFrog LeapBand Fitness Tracker

SUMMARY

This Kurio 4S Touch Review is aimed at parents who want to purchase a decent 4 inch kids tablet for under $100.

This tablet have great value for a very small price compared to the others of the same price range. It costs about $60 on Amazon, even cheaper than the lower end Datawind Ubislate 7CI but with better quality.

You may have noticed a difference between this one and other kids tablets; it does not have a bright colored rubber bumper. However, it is still geared towards younger users, and fits discreetly into your pocket as if it were just another smartphone.

Leapfrog Leapband Fitness Tracker


Leapband Fitness Tracker Tablet
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Overall Rating 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
Manufacturer Leapfrog
Operating System Android

Review By: Adriana

Adriana is a mother and tech enthusiast from Bridgeport, Connecticut. She blogs about the latest kids tech trends.

The LeapBand Fitness Tracker will be revealed by LeapFrog on August 2014. LeapFrog is a popular kids tablet manufacturer providing educational apps and games as part of their software suite.

LeapFrog has come to recognize that, apart from keeping their minds active, kids must be physically active. And with the growing popularity of wristbands that house electronic fitness trackers for adults, LeadFrog took the opportunity to just on the bandwagon a create a fun and interactive game-based fitness tracker for kids to wear on their wrist.

There are 50 games in total, and they are all based on a series of 8 virtual pets; a dragon, a dog, a cat, a monkey, a robot, a penguin, a unicorn, and a panda. The object of the games is to be as active as possible and the more active they are, the more points they accumulate. As they accumulate points, they gain access to more and more virtual pets. As they continue being active, they uncover virtual toys for their pets.

Is This The Answer To Keeping Fit?

As part of the suite of preloaded apps, kids can play games such as “spin like a helicopter” and “walk like a crab”…

But I wonder if it is a good idea to get kids to move around in this way wherever they are. Can you imagine letting your kid spin around in circles in the middle of a crowded room? Giving them a wristband that tells them to move around as much as they can seems a bit cheesy. That is just my opinion, of course and others may not agree.

Some may say to let the kids have it only when you think they will behave, but how are you going to enforce this rule if your kids get hooked on acquiring more points for more pets?

Also, when your kids play “spin like a helicopter” over and over again to gain points, this will make them dizzy, and possibly get nauseous. Seems to me like a fitness tracker should track steps, not turns.

How Does It Really Work?

Another concern that comes to mind about this ‘fitness tracker’ is that it is not clear how it can detect movement. Nowhere on the LeapFrog website does it say how it knows whether a kid is really “walking like a crab” or spinning in circles. How does it measure movement?

LeapPad offer a free companion app called the Petathlon to go with this fitness tracker. With this app, kids complete activities such as surfing and bobsledding…

Bobsledding? Is this done solely through the interface, or does the child actually do it by moving their bodies? It seems a bit odd, and one can only guess what this actually means.

The Verdict

The LeapBand, as a new type of child’s electronic, is innovative on the surface. Only time will tell how well this is actually going to do in the kids electronics department. For now, we need only wait and see what happens.

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