Fitbit revamps its fitness tracker line for both kids and adults
The family that sweats together, stays together.
The first up? A new, redesigned Ace 2 for kids that features a unique look and now is something any kid would want to wear. When last year’s Ace fitness tracker was unveiled, it was pretty much a rebadged Fitbit Alta. Now, it’s quirky, modern and full of whimsy, with bold color pairings in Watermelon with Teal accents or Night Sky with Neon Yellow accents.
Cute pixel-art characters such as blob-monsters, animated flower pots and rocket ships that blast off all transform over time as the 60-minute activity goal becomes closer. It’s modular, has a larger silicone bumper around the screen to protect from those inevitable scratches and scrapes, is swim proof so it can stay on during bathtime and it’s stain-resistant – something I know I’d be grateful for. It’s also got a five-day battery life, plenty of time for you to instill good habits in your offspring.
Retailing at $69.95 when available in the summer, the Ace 2 is designed for ages 6 and up. You’ll need to set up a Fitbit family account to use it.
More about the other new models coming to the Fitbit lineup
The other two fitness tracking wristbands have already been available for a while, but only to corporate customers as part of wellness programs. Now, everyone can buy the Inspire ($69.95) and Inspire HR ($99.95), as they’re open for pre-order starting today. The only decisions you need to make are which color you want, and if you want your fitness tracker to also monitor your heart rate. If so, you want the Inspire HR.
It might be $30 more expensive, but that money buys a lot. 24/7 heart rate tracking, cardio fitness levels, and Fitbit’s Sleep Stages, which expands the sleep tracking to tell you if you’re in light, deep or REM sleep cycles.
Both Inspire models can track calories, activity, swim, and sleep tracking, and support for smartphone notifications. They’re also water resistant up to 50 meters, have five days of battery life and a slimmed-down design to prior trackers.
Fitbit is also retiring the Alta, Alta HR, and Flex 2 tracking bands, as well as the Zip clip-on, to unclutter its product range.
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