Fisher Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle, 2017 [Amazon Exclusive]
Fisher Price Smart Cycle 2017 is as an interactive learning platform for preschoolers. The immobile cycle employs a Bluetooth connection permitting play on a tablet or TV, with four learning apps for download providing educational content focusing on literacy, STEM exposure, math skills, and science and social studies – more apps to be added in near future.
The app content synchs to the child’s speed of pedaling, such that children control game play pace; the app can also save game play so they can pick up where they left off, and provides a dashboard for parents to measure their child’s learning progress.
So while it’s not a youngster’s exercise bike, Smart Cycle definitely resembles one, and is in fact designed to burn off preschoolers’ abundant energy while exploiting their fascination with technology and eagerness to learn—all the while keeping them physically active.
Fisher Price Smart Cycle 2017 is all about active play, and the pedaling motion empowers them and gives them confidence. We all take it for granted, but we had to learn it once, too, and in testing with kids as young as three—many pedaling for the first time—we found that they gain a sense of accomplishment and achievement when they pedal through something that’s happening on the screen. So it’s an empowering moment for a child.
According to Fisher-Price survey findings, parents of preschoolers say their kids spend 21 percent of their playtime engaging with electronic devices and 19 hours a week watching TV/video content. The Smart Cycle companion apps, then, focus on skills they’ll need heading into kindergarten and include letters/phonics games like Alphaballoons, which prompts kids to find the starting letter of items they see on screen; spelling/vocabulary games like Drone Zoom, which has kids flying a drone in collecting syllables and spelling words; and reading/rhyming games like Match-A-Word, where they pedal and steer in sorting and categorizing rhyming words.
Fisher Price Smart Cycle 2017 is compatible with:
Apple: iPad Generation 3 & 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad mini (1, 2, 3 & 4) and newer devices with Bluetooth LE (4.0) and higher.
Android: Most Android tablets with 5.1 (Lollipop) or higher and Bluetooth LE (4.0) and higher.
Amazon Fire: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″” (4th gen), Fire HD 6″”, Fire (5th gen), Fire HD 7″”, Fire HD 8″” (2015), Fire HD 8″” (2016), Fire HD 10″” and newer devices with Bluetooth LE (4.0) and higher.
Apple TV: 4th gen
Amazon Fire TV: 2nd gen
Android TV devices with Bluetooth LE (4.0) and higher