Garmin is breathing new life into their Vivofit Jr tracker series with Marvel, Disney, Star Wars themed wrist bands and mobile app adventures. The new Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 ($99) will cost $20 more than the original Vivofit Jr trackers and will be available end October 2017.
I’ve had a great experience with the original Vivofit Jr tracker and eagerly await the retail release of the Vivofit Jr 2. Garmin’s children focused activity trackers fulfil a need in the wearable industry which is severely lacking in attention from the big players. Conceptualised to involve the parents in the use of the Vivofit Jr trackers and taking into consideration chores and rewards for the child, the original Vivofit jr was a clear winner in my eyes.
Garmin has gone ahead and added 7 new variations, with adjustable band options instead of a fixed stretchy band; a common complain in the first edition. The screen has been bumped up to an always on sunlight visible coloured display over the monochrome version on the original Vivofit Jr trackers.
An all new feature now allows kids to initiate timed step competitions with their nearby friends who also sport a Vivofit Jr 2 wearable; controlled right from the wrist.
Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 features:
- Tracks steps, sleep, activity time
- Auto goal: 60 minute daily play goal
- Customisable rewards and chores
- Task Timers (2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes)
- Audible alerts
- Swim friendly
- Changeable wristbands of different themes
- Up to 1 year user changeable battery
- Unlock mobile app adventures (compatible with original Vivofit Jr trackers with purchase of accessory band)
- Step leader board with family members who uses Garmin activity trackers
- Toe to Toe challenge with other kids with Vivofit Jr trackers
The 3 new themed wristbands will dictate the story line your child and you will embark on. By clocking 60 minutes of intensity minutes a day, your child will be able to advance in these unique mobile adventure.
For example, purchasing the Marvel straps will put your kid alongside Captain America and the Avengers as they tackle app adventures in New York City and try to defeat Ultron. Whereas buying the Disney theme Vivofit Jr’s will mean joining Minnie Mouse and her friends in adventures as they plan a surprise birthday party for Mickey Mouse. The Star Wars theme will involve BB-8’s adventures on planet Jakku.
Accessory bands are available for purchase separately, letting kids explore all three mobile app adventures by swapping out their band with a new one and unlocking a new adventure. And these accessory bands ($29.99) are compatible with the first generation Vivofit Jrs. You won’t get the coloured displays nor full features but you and your child will still get the exciting adventures!
Honestly, I have my sights on the Star Wars Storm Trooper wrist bands and fancy one for my own use. The wrist bands look absolutely awesome!
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 is available for purchase at retailers nationwide and has a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD and $29.99 for each additional band. The patterns vary by size, and include Minnie Mouse (Disney), BB-8, The Resistance, First OrderTM (Star Wars), Captain America, Avengers (Marvel).