Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Review of the ReimaGO Activity Sensor for Kids

Tablet and phone displaying ReimaGO SoftwareIt isn't always easy in this digital age to persuade children to get outside and get the exercise they need. When I was young, we rode our bikes everywhere, but it's not necessarily safe to do that now. I'm not all that old (although I often feel it!) but there are considerably more cars on the road now than there were then. There's also an awful lot more to tempt children not to bother going out. Social media means it's no longer necessary to troop down to your best friend's house for a conversation and the realistic computer games mean there are lots more entertaining things to do sitting down than there were when I was young. Fighting tech with tech, the ReimaGO activity sensor promises to provide children with a fun and engaging way to boost their daily activity levels and push themselves to get more exercise. In essence it #makeskidsmove

Boy modelling ReimaGO fleece jacketOne of the most appealing aspects of the ReimaGO is that it is very easy to use and child-friendly. The sensor is just a bit bigger than a fifty pence piece, and can be carried in a pocket, where it will sit there cheerfully collecting data on the intensity and duration of your child's activity, for as long as it is carried. However, this is not the best bit. Several Reima products for children come with a laminated Movesense connector, so the sensor can be clipped directly onto the clothing and zipped up, keeping it safe and providing the ultimate in wearable tech. You don't have to worry about whether you have it positioned in the optimum place on the body, you just connect it to the pins on the sensor and that's it, it quietly collects the data without anyone even knowing it's there and it can't fall out or get lost. There are over a dozen different Reima products in the winter collection that include the Movesense connector, including fleece jackets and ski wear. Luke was absolutely thrilled with his fleece. He is quite particular about what he wears, but he reports that it is so warm and comfortable, and now wears it everywhere.


The app is very easy to set up, using an iphone or ipad, and allows the child to see their progress by way of a trail featuring a fun character, Goye, who can be moved along the trail, based on how much movement has been stored in the sensor when it's connected. Along the trail, you can set up little rewards for your child, which can either be praise, in the form of a picture, or a physical reward, like a treat or trip somewhere, which can also be represented by using a picture from the library of icons on the app, or you can use your own picture from your device. I have set up pictures along the trail and it's really fun to reach the different goals, but I think the fun is in tracking progress along the way, so I haven't felt it necessary to offer anything else in the way of reward. I want Luke to want to exercise because it's fun and makes him feel good, so I'm not keen to make it about getting something for it. He loves uploading his progress and seeing how far he can move the little character, it's really motivating in itself, anyway. It's certainly made a difference to our daily activity and it's something Luke is keen to continue with which can only be a good thing!

Collage with boy trampolining and Reima Go tracker sample page




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9 comments

  1. Oh what a fantastic little app. It reminds me of the Pokemon Go for younger children which is ace as even my eldest enjoyed that, I'm sure he'd love this.

    Emily xxx

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  2. This sounds awesome! Anything to encourage my boy to go outside, haha. He's all for parks but not so much with the walking etc. I bet he'd really love this, thanks!

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  3. Love the fact that it encourages children to exercise. Wish I had one when my son was small! Sounds easy to use too!

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  4. This looks fab . Even better that it encourages children to exercise

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this whole concept, great style, brilliant idea AND just fantastic to teach self motivation! What an incredible product!! Fab review thank you for telling us about this!!

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  6. What a good idea, using the technology they love to actually get them moving :)

    Stevie x

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  7. I think the fact they have to upload their progress separately makes it really exciting. I bet that encourages them to be more active the following day. Fab little app and great review x

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  8. This looks like a lot of fun. I try to get outside as much as possible with my two but tech like this is great for rainy days and there's a lot education value too!

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  9. This is a great idea, luckily my boys are very active but they would love using this! Eilidh x

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