Nabi Compete Is A New Health Tracker Designed For Youngsters
Fuhu, the corporate that makes the nabi tablets for teenagers – those with you instantly acknowledge because of their thick, pink bumper – is at present increasing into the world of wearables with the debut of the nabi Compete. This aggressive and collaborative health tracker is aimed toward making health enjoyable and social for youngsters and households, whereas additionally serving to youngsters study the significance of wholesome habits, the corporate says.
The nabi Compete package deal comes with two bands that hyperlink to the Compete cellular app for iOS or Android. There are a selection of band colours obtainable, and the cap that covers the Bluetooth-related button and step counter is available in totally different colours as properly, permitting for quite a lot of personalised mixtures.
The bands themselves are 10 inches lengthy by 1.06 inches extensive, and securely host the small, coin cell battery-powered exercise tracker. Clearly designed for busy and curious youngsters, the tracker is in there so tightly it’s very arduous to take away when it comes time to exchange the battery after three months. On the plus aspect, although, it’s unlikely the youngsters will lose the gadget as a result of it popped out.
The app, which works over Bluetooth in a 20 foot vary, presents each head-to-head contests and collaborative duties that assist youngsters measure meals burn and full challenges, whereas incomes pets and different digital rewards, like badges, alongside the best way. They will additionally take part within the child-pleasant social community, nabi Konnect.
The challenges are designed to be enjoyable, and embrace cute animation, sound results, easy language and a consumer interface that appears rather a lot like enjoying some other child-targeted cellular recreation. For instance, the Exploration Problem enables you to select from quite a lot of distance objectives, just like the size of the Brooklyn Bridge or Nationwide Mall Loop. Youngsters stroll, leap or run distances equal to those and different landmarks towards others to see who will get there first.
A Meals Burn problem, in the meantime, introduces the idea of energy in a relatable means, utilizing child-pleasant meals like pizza, cheeseburgers, cookies, sweet and popcorn. Youngsters decide a meals they need to burn, and see the energy related to that merchandise in addition to find out how a lot exercise it takes to burn the meals off.
Along with competitions, youngsters also can workforce as much as attain exercise objectives collectively, whether or not that’s taking over an enormous meals problem, like burning off a whole buffet of meals, or setting an extended distance objective, like a Marathon. This may be nice for households with multiple youngster, or for groups of pals who need to work collectively.
An included step counter tracks exercise, whereas taking youngsters across the U.S. to well-known landmarks just like the Statue of Liberty or the White Home. Youngsters can view their steps and averages over time on their private dashboard, which additionally shows their greatest days, miles and energy burned.
The extra the youngsters compete and keep lively, the extra factors they earn. These, in flip, can be utilized to purchase digital pets and feed them. Youngsters can even share their temper with their household and buddies utilizing emoticons, and join with pals within the protected social community, nabi Konnect.
General, the app is partaking sufficient, although the rewards function might use extra work. It might be good to have the ability to do extra with the digital pets past feeding them and watching the counter develop. (It wouldn’t kill them to borrow a couple of concepts from Furby, for instance, which has mastered the entire “play together with your digital pet” factor.)
And, as a mother or father, I’d like if the app let me combine my very own rewards – like, if the kid reaches a sure aim, they might earn a small toy, a brand new online game, or a household journey, for example.
Additionally, as a result of the app can also be so closely targeted on competitions and challenges, it misses the chance to do extra round on a regular basis step or exercise monitoring – that’s, it might be good if it might additionally subtly train youngsters issues like the worth of taking the steps over the elevator, or how they need to stand after sitting for too lengthy, like Apple Watch additionally reminds grownups to do. Youngsters in the present day typically lead pretty structured lives with much less time, sadly, to only run round having enjoyable outdoors, so this addition might assist youngsters take into consideration the small enhancements they will make even once they don’t have time to compete.
All that being stated, for the worth, the nabi Compete package is cheap. The two-pack prices $39.ninety nine and is bought at Goal and Greatest Purchase. Whereas I’m not satisfied that health trackers alone can encourage behavioral modifications in inactive youngsters (if that’s your objective as a dad or mum), it could possibly nonetheless be introduced as a enjoyable new toy and recreation to attempt.
However on the finish of the day, when you’re making an attempt to get the child to place down the iPad or flip off Netflix, and go for a run as an alternative, one of the simplest ways to try this is not to offer them a wristband, it’s to mannequin the identical conduct. And, hey, simply be a part of them!