Fisher-Price Unveils Stationary Bike For Kids at CES, Sparks Heated Debate Among Parents
The product, which was debuted at world-renowned trade show CES this week, is the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle. A bluetooth-enabled stationary bike for kids, the toy allows users to peddle through games and virtual scenes with the help of a tablet or smart TV.
The product is designed for young children (between 3 and 6 years old) and has stirred the pot in the debate over how much screen time young children should get. In a tech-laden world where we watch videos and fiddle with mobile games, does this product promote at least some activity?
Or, is it helping to keep kids indoors when they could be out riding an actual bicycle?
“Fresh air? Sunlight? Who needs that mess when your kid can get all the exercise they need while exploring the Great Indoors?” writes one Andrew Tarantola for Engadget.
They have the real life version of this. IT'S CALLED A BICYCLE. https://t.co/tZSPfloeXu— Miss McKenna (@miss_mckenna) January 4, 2017
But it’s not all fun and games. The app that comes with the product is called “Mission to Tech City” and takes you on a journey through colorful scenes collecting letters to create the full alphabet. There are three additional educational apps they’ve made, available for $5 each, that also focus on literacy, math, social studies, and STEM.
The Smart Cycle costs $149.99 and will be available in June 2017.
What do you think of this controversial product?