Now that Fitbit is officially under the Google umbrella, of course we are Everyone is curious to see what the first product will be.. However, if you were expecting a smartwatch powered by Google, you will have to wait a bit longer. This spring, Fitbit is instead of deploying a Ace 3, a affordable fitness tracker for kids.
Ace’s First Tracker thrown out in 2018, and the Ace 2 followed about a year later. This time, the new Ace sticks to the more rugged look of the Ace 2, albeit with a more rounded bumper and edges. (The original Ace was basically a Fitbit Alta, minus the heart rate sensor.) New functions include 20 new watch faces, including animated ones with a bunny, cat, MArtian and spaceship. The Ace 3 also improves battery life to eight days. Like its predecessor, the Ace 3 is a swimmertest and allow kids with smartphones to receive call notifications from their family. And apparently the Ace 3 will feature new accessory bands, the first of which will star Minions. Yeah, those yellow pill-shaped stains on jeans from My favorite villain.
Of course, privacy and security are the big elephants in the room when it comes to tying a fitness tracker for to little boy. Fitbit said Parents can use a Fitbit Family account, required to use Ace 3, to monitor their children’s activity, control what they see on the device, and approve any friend requests. The device also complies with children’s privacy laws such as COPPA in the US and GDPR in Europe. Fitbit also emphasized that the focus of the Ace 3 is to encourage activity and help parents work with their children to establish healthy sleep habits. (The default setting targets 60 minutes of activity and 250 steps per hour, with the option to customize goals during school hours.) In general, the data collected by the Ace series of trackers is pretty basic, because it relies on an accelerometer and not much else. The Ace 3 does not have the typical heart rate monitor, GPS or SpO2 sensor that you would see in fitness trackers and smart watches aimed at adults. But IIf the idea that Fitbit, and by proxy, Google, has some kind of information about your kids puzzles you, you shouldn’t put fitness trackers on them to begin with.
Nothing Fitbit is doing with the Ace 3 is a drastic change, both for this particular device and for kids’ fitness trackers in general. Garmin Vivofit Jr. the line also incorporates popular characters, brilliant designs, familiar challenges, and bumper cases.
One thing Fitbit is changing is the price. The Ace 3 is roughly $ 10 more expensive than its predecessor at $ 80. That’s still pretty affordable when it comes to trackers, but since it doesn’t add much more in terms of features, the price increase is a bit disappointing.
The Ace 3 is available to pre-order in black and red, and blue and green versions, and is expected to ship on March 15. An embossed Minions strap is expected, if your child really wants it, sometime this summer for an additional $ 30.