#Trending: Wearables just for the kids

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Fitness trackers and smartwatches are just for grown ups right? Wrong. There's a new wave of wearables hoping boys and girls want to pull on some connected tech whether it's for some added fun or even for potentially lifesaving reasons.

We've got ones packing GPS sensors to help parents pinpoint their location when they're out playing. Others are all about keeping fit and to make counting steps feel more like a game.

Whether it's through successful crowdfunded projects or major players like LG and toy makers VTech and LeapFrog getting involved, they look like they're here to stay and there's surely more to come.

Essential reading: The best kid trackers

But who's doing the best job of making them? Let's take a look at the best and worst examples of wearables for the kids.

WEAR - Adidas Zone

#Trending: Wearables just for the kids

The Zone is the sports giant's first foray into kids wearables and it has one clear ambition, to help school kids get the most out of their PE lessons.

It's doing that with its sporty wristband that packs an optical heart rate monitor, allowing teachers to build workouts and lessons based around heart rate training. The data is then sent into the cloud and can help create more personalised routines for each student.

The aim is to help fight childhood obesity, and it looks like Adidas could really be onto a winner here. It's just a shame it's going to be part of a wearable program rolled out in the US only.

NEARLY THERE - Omate Wherecom K3

#Trending: Wearables just for the kids

Omate wants to tick whole lot of boxes with its kids smartwatch. For starters, you've got GPS onboard and a host of safety features to help you keep a closer eye on your kids.

Read this: Omate Wherecom K3 first look

It also has a micro SIM card slot so they can make calls to a select group of contacts and has set of preinstalled games to play around with. Omate manages to find room to pack a pedometer into this feature-laden watch.

So what's the problem? Well, it's proving quite tough to get hold of one. It was slated to launch this month unlocked through supported distributors with a full launch in July. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any sign of the Wherecom K3 just yet.

SQUARE - Gameband

#Trending: Wearables just for the kids

Kids love Minecraft, we all know that, so the Gameband sounds like a great idea. The ability to carry around your custom worlds moving them from computer to computer so you can build whenever you're in close proximity of a PC. It also doubles as a watch with its customisable LED display.

It's the perfect gift for Minecraft lovers until you realise that at $79.99 it doesn't come cheap, you'll have to start paying for the ability to store content in the cloud after a year and it only works with PCs. That means you can't plug into your console or even carry on playing on a phone. Fail.

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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