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What you need knowFitbit is working on a wearable device that can be used to monitor children’s health. It will be available in 2024, with GPS and cellular connectivity.
Fitbit seems to be exploring a new market in which parents can monitor their children through a wearable device. The company is working on a Fitbit device that can connect with cellular networks, according to a new report.
According to Business Insider (opens new tab), Fitbit has developed a wearable device with cellular and GPS connectivity that will allow parents to keep an eye on their children and communicate with them without the need for a smartphone. The Project Eleven codenamed Project Eleven is the name of the device. It’s based on the character from Netflix’s Stranger Things.
According to two employees who were familiar with the plan, the goal is “to help older children form healthy relationships with phones and social media,” as Business Insider reported. According to sources, Fitbit produced two prototypes: one with a screen, and one without. They claim that new bands will be sent to Fitbit’s device monthly as part of a subscription plan.
Anil Shabharwal, former head of Google Photos and Fitbit’s vice-president of special projects, is believed to be the person in charge of the project. The report suggests that Fitbit could release the device in 2024,, though plans may change.
Fitbit had been working on a smartphone for older adults and kids in 2021, but it was purchased by Google. This presumably resulted in the end of that project. There were also logistical and technical issues that were cited as major obstacles to the plan. If it was successful, the handset would have had a camera and cellular connection.
If the new initiative is successful, it will change everything. It is unlike other smartwatches that money can buy for children today. Fitbit’s latest kid-friendly wearable device is the Fitbit Ace 3 tracker. Children aged 6 years and older can choose their favorite trackers, set personal goals and participate in family competitions. These and many other features are expected to be included on the Fitbit wearable.
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