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iBitz, a new approach to the virtual pet concept allows users to apply real life activity to the health of their GeoBotz characters and other games.
Richard Schmelzer
Boulder, Colorado
United States
1 Team Member

We've noticed that there are a lot of activity trackers on the market but we also noticed that there is nothing on the market for kids. More importantly, there was nothing even close when it came to how to relate a child's activity and how to reward them with things that they care about. Have you ever tried to tell an 8 year to put down there phone and get outside to play because they will live longer and have a happier and healthier life? Not!

As parents, educators and health care providers we realize the importance of staying healthy.  But when kids are 5 - 15 yrs old, all they care about are games, phones and their media. And, who can blame them, they are awesome!  So we thought, why not throw the activity tracker concept out the window and develop a "game key" that rewards kids with game credits and access to levels and features all powered by their physical activity, healthy habits, good deeds, grades, chores, etc.

To start, we decided to update the old "virtual pet" concept by allowing kids to harness their "real life" physical activity in order to drive the health of their "virtual pet" through a smartphone app. Each day they would have to reach there goals or their pet would look sad and sleepy, and really happy if they achieved their goal.  We also decided that we should allow the kids to push those steps into other games, (through our API) and to drive features and functions within those games. And, if this proves successful, we'll launch other modules for chores, grades and other good deeds either by building it ourselves or through an API integration with a 3rd party company.

Over a year ago, we assembled an awesome team of industrial designers and consumer product experts, as well as software and hardware developers from around the world that we have worked with on other projects throughout the years.

We really hope that you'll become as excited about this concept as we are and we hope to engage your support.

Thanks for reading.

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  • $40USD
    iBitz PowerKey

    The iBitz PowerKey harnesses the actual physical energy of kids to maintain the health of their GeoBot Virtual Pet App and drive levels within 25 AppStore games and unlocks parental controls on select droid devices. ($35 for ibitz + $5 shipping)

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $55USD
    iBitz Unity

    The iBitz Unity device allows parents to view their kids physical activity data throughout the day as well as their own. Parents can add their children to their family view and track the physical activity of each ibitz user. ($50 for ibitz + $5 shipping)

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $90USD
    iBitz Mommy & Me

    This Mommy and Me package allows for 1 parent to track up to 1 child's gamer data and combine it with their own physical activity to track the health of their entire family.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $145USD
    iBitz Trio Family

    This Trio family package allows for 1 child and 2 parents to track their child's gamer data as well as the physical activity of their entire family.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $180USD
    iBitz Family

    This Family package allows for up to 2 kids and 2 parents to track their kids gamer data as well as the families physical activity to see the health of their entire family.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $435USD
    iBitz Teacher/Student

    This Teacher/Student package allows for up to 10 students and 1 teachers to track their students gamer data (student/parental permission required) with up to the minute-by-minute physical activity of their entire class.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Meet the Founder

    Setting - 2 hour lunch in Boulder, Colorado. Meet with the founders of ibitz by geopalz and jibbitz to talk about how their products have sold to ten's of millions of kids/moms and what their experiences where when they appeared on Oprah, The View, CNBC, etc. - 6 ibitz included.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $1,500USD
    iBitz Next Big Adventures

    Attend a series of Skype calls where you, the founders and developers, will create our Next Big Adventure for our GeoBotz characters. This will include your name as a co-producer within the artist/production credits on the game release. 6 ibitz included.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $2,500USD
    iBitz YouVille

    YouVille - Through a series of Skype Interactions with our founders and developers you will name the town where our GeoBotz community of characters will live, work and play (or your choice of staff approved feature) - 6 ibitz included.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $2,500USD
    iBitz Corporate Bundle

    Get your entire company moving with this Corporate Wellness Pack, which includes 50 adult Unity iBitz.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
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