US toy giant Fisher Price has today announced a new version of its Smart Cycle static bike, and which is in effect, a turbo trainer for kids aged three to six years.
Launched at the CES 2017 consumer electronics and technology show in Las Vegas, the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle will come to market later this year, with a price tag stateside of $150.
The original Smart Cycle, pictured below and launched around a decade ago, could be plugged into a TV, with a host of games available to keep youngsters entertained while they pedalled.
But the new version takes the technology to a whole new level – it will be equipped with Bluetooth and can be paired Apple TV and other streaming services, and also has a tablet stand.
There’s an educational element, too. It will come with a free game that combines elements of mathematics and science and social studies subjects.
Other apps, available for around $5 each, will include a SpongeBob SquarePants one as part of a collaboration with kid-focused entertainment channel, Nickelodeon.
Parents will also be able to monitor just how much pedalling their kids are doing, apparently through smartphone apps that link to the toy.
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