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Google Unveils Fitbit Ace LTE: A Smartwatch Designed for Kids

Google has unveiled the Fitbit Ace LTE, a cellular-connected smartwatch for kids ages 7 and up. According to Google, it is “the first smartwatch of its kind that turns exercise into play and safely helps kids lead more active, independent lives.” The company promises that the new product will provide peace of mind for the whole family through reliable communication and location information sharing with parents.

Ace LTE received a square body, reminiscent of the Fitbit Versa. The main difference is in the materials: plastic and Corning Gorilla Glass, plus an additional bumper instead of sapphire glass and titanium. The Ace LTE sensor array is almost identical to the Pixel Watch 2. The charger is also compatible with the Pixel Watch 2.

Fitbit Ace LTE combines kids’ mobility with their love of games: the more they move, the more time they can spend playing games on the watch. Each pre-installed game is designed specifically for the device, and new games will be released every few months. Ace LTE recognizes and rewards all types of physical activity, be it playing hide and seek, jumping on the bed or dancing. The Noodle application located on the main screen takes into account every movement and effectively informs about the child’s achievement of the next goal.

Google says it has “collaborated with leading independent experts in child psychology, public health, privacy and digital well-being to make the device fun, safe and useful.” For example, a child’s location or activity data is only available to parents, with location data deleted after 24 hours and activity data stored for a maximum of 35 days. There are no ads or third-party apps on the watch, and only contacts added by parents can call or message the device.

An additional incentive for children will be Tamagotchi-like pets Eejie, “living” in smart watches. Idgies are customizable creatures that are fueled by daily activity—the more children achieve their movement goals, the healthier and happier their Idgies become. The child can purchase in-game items, rooms, clothes and other accessories for Idgie using game tickets received by achieving daily goals and completing games.

Fitbit Ace LTE offers six collectible bands. Each strap, like a game console cartridge, when first connected, unlocks different items, styles, Idgie rooms, and different Noodle designs. For example, a blue strap will immerse Idgie in the world of basketball, and a green bracelet will introduce cosplay enthusiast Wally the Phantom Pug. The straps retail for $35 and will be updated regularly.

Ace LTE allows you to make calls, send messages and share location. To enable these features, you will need a $10 monthly subscription to the Ace Pass plan. The device is controlled and monitored through the Fitbit Ace app, which works on both iOS and Android. In the app, parents can establish trusted contacts, send and receive messages, view the child’s location in real time, and track how the child is meeting his or her activity goals. There is a mode that turns off games during school hours.

Fitbit Ace LTE Specifications:

Dimensions – 41.04 x 44.89 x 13.35 mm;
Weight (without strap) – 28.03 grams;
Built-in 4G LTE (Fitbit Ace Pass required);
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC;
Color OLED display Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (333 ppi with DCI-P3);
Water resistant up to 50 m;
16+ hours of battery life;
Built-in lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 328 mAh;
USB Type-C fast charging cable;
Charging speed – 30 minutes to 60% (11 hours), 70 minutes to 100% (16+ hours);
Optical heart rate sensor8
Accelerometer, altimeter, magnetometer, light sensor and gyroscope;
Built-in microphone and speaker.

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