Wearable gadgets for kids hitting the market
Wearable technology is shrinking. Many new devices are meant for kids. Just like the grown-up gadgets, some are designed to turn fitness into fun while others are more focused on safety.
Six-year-old Marc Cohen entertains himself with his dad’s smart watch all the time, so when Adam saw the Kidizoom, a child -sized version of the gadget, he got one for Marc. “It’s just modeled after an adult smart watch, but made for kids with kids apps and games. and it’s pretty new, pretty fun,” said Adam Cohen of dadarocks.com
C-NET’s Scott Stein explains wearable tech for kids goes beyond entertainment. Some options on the market like the Leapband and Sqord are designed to encourage activity. “Doing the stuff that Fitbit and other activity trackers like the Nike Fuelband were doing for adults. But also having them work in larger school settings to try to create some sort of group initiative,” said Stein.
Others on the market and in development, including Filip, Kizon, and Tinitell, are aimed at safety with GPS technology to locate little ones. “Some of them make calls. Some of them send more SOS messages. Some of them are more about simply GPS tracking,” explained Stein. Child psychiatrist Louis Kraus says activity trackers can be beneficial. “A lot of kids really have trouble comprehending what a reasonable amount of exercise is. Having a device like this could help them meet those goals,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, a professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. But, Dr. Kraus has concerns about location tracking when it comes to older kids.
Stein says it’s hard to track the popularity of these devices right now since they’re so new. Some are just hitting the market and others are still in development.