Sunday, 26 August 2018 23:48

VIDEO: Garmin and Disney launch 'vívofit jr. 2' fitness tracker


Garmin Australia has launched its vívofit jr. 2 kid’s fitness tracker with Disney Princess-themed bands and mobile app.

The two companies have launched a "new line of kids wearables features bands, games and activities inspired by beloved Disney Princess characters and stories".

Billed as "so much more than a fitness device", Garmin says its vívofit jr. 2 "provides kids with an interactive experience where activity unlocks adventure, shaping habits for lifelong health and fitness".

We're assured that "kids will look forward to achieving activity minute goals to unlock app adventures, games and step icons featuring Disney Princess characters Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan and Rapunzel. With two Princess-inspired design options, vívofit jr. 2 bands are swim-friendly, feature a customisable colour screen, and most important of all, boast a battery life of over a year".

Here's the company's vívofit jr. 2 video, the article continues below:

Adam Howarth, general manager, Garmin Australasia, said: "We are excited to once again bring the Disney magic to our wearables lineup with these new Princess-inspired fitness trackers.

“The Play like a Princess campaign celebrates kids who aren’t afraid to be bold, be daring, be kind and be different. It’s our hope to inspire and empower kids to do something cool, find adventure, and above all, keep moving.

“Garmin’s kids’ activity trackers are encouraged to develop a healthy mindset in kids from an early age.

"Our kids’ activity trackers deliberately do not include features that count calories or track weight loss goals. Instead they focus on fun activities, games and even rewards for being active and helping mum and dad around the house with chores. Children and parents alike respond positively to products like the vivofit Jr.

"These devices complement the Garmin Active Kids camps that run throughout the year, whereby children are encouraged to head outdoors, stay active and have fun with their friends and family.”

Kyle Laughlin, senior vice-president, Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, said: "Based on the initial success we’ve seen with Star Wars, Minnie Mouse, and Marvel Avengers on the vívofit jr. 2, we know that pairing Disney’s unrivalled characters and content with Garmin wearables encourages kids to get active.

“The Disney Princesses make a great addition to this line and their stories make for exciting interactive adventures.”

Both companies explain that the Disney Princess-branded vívofit jr.2 is "brought to life through a corresponding app adventure, which kids explore with the help of their parents".

"In Magical Kingdoms: A Disney Princess Adventure, kids will help Rapunzel and Flynn Rider escape Mother Gothel, save the Emperor with Mulan, and even explore the Cave of Wonders with Jasmine.

"The more they meet — and exceed — their activity goals, the more of the story they’ll get to see. In addition to uncovering additional adventures with the Disney Princesses, kids can gain access to fun games and more.

"To collect gems and get more chances to play games, kids will need to keep logging those active minutes.

"The vívofit jr. 2 is a valuable tool for parents as well and comes with a companion app that acts as a parental personal assistant. From their compatible smart device, parents can view their child’s activity, assign chores, and schedule reminder alerts that show up on their child’s device.

"Task timers help kids know how much time they have left for each chore. For added incentivisation, when kids receive and complete a given chore, parents can reward them with virtual coins that can be redeemed for agreed-upon rewards.

"The app allows for multiple profiles so parents and siblings with compatible Garmin devices can have their steps listed on the step leaderboard, promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle for the whole family.

"In addition to tracking steps, sleep and active minutes, kids can also use the vívofit jr. 2 to engage in some friendly competition with their friends and family.

"Toe-to-Toe step challenges let kids sync with nearby friends (or themselves) for timed step competitions. Parents can also play by downloading the Toe-to-Toe Connect IQTM app to a compatible device. New family challenges let users connect with other families and compete in weekly step challenges for extra motivation to move.

"The vívofit jr. 2 featuring Disney Princess will be available for purchase from JB Hi Fi, Rebel, Harvey Norman, and other leading retailers and has a recommended retail price of A$129.

"With vívofit jr. 2, the adventure never ends; by swapping out their band with an accessory band (sold separately, RRP A$45), kids can open up a whole new world of adventure with Star Wars, Minnie Mouse, and Marvel Avengers band options.

"The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a Garmin product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals."

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