What you need to know about the Leapband
The Leapband is essentially a device designed to get your kids up and moving. It is aimed at kids ages 4 to 7 and can be considered a kind of fitness tracker for very young children. It aims to promote healthy habits by using games with physical challenges that involve walking, running, jumping and dancing that the user must complete in order to earn credit to spend on their virtual pet. There are eight different pets to choose from including a unicorn, robot, dragon and more.
The child’s activity is measured by a built in accelerometer. Other than the fitness challenges and games there aren’t a lot of features to keep kids engaged. It also doesn’t have any of the voice calling or GPS tracking support that is available in other device, so it really isn’t a smart watch in the true sense.
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What do parents love about the Leapband?
- It does help get children to be more active
- Helps children learn to tell time
- Ability to customize for each child
- Ability to track child movements throughout the day
- Parents can restrict usage during night-hours and school-hours
- Good battery life
What do kids love about the Leapband?
- The stopwatch
- Choosing the pet, unlocking new pets and rewards after completing the challenges
What do parents think could be improved?
- Doesn’t offer much in the way of educational value
- Some users watch does not keep accurate time and needs to be synced with computer on a regular basis
- The watch is slightly large and bulky and the band is somewhat stiff, making it uncomfortable for some children
- The battery life could be improved
- Difficult to program because you need to link them to your computer to see the child’s activity