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GeoPalz Unlocks Games and Technology Through Physical Activity with Launch of ibitz™

At CES 2013, GeoPalz (www.geopalz.com), creators of the first decorative pedometer for kids, introduces the ibitz PowerKey for children and ibitz Unity for parents to its suite of products. With ibitz, a family’s electronics are powered by physical activity. Each ibitz connects wirelessly to select Bluetooth 4.0 phones, tablets and laptops to track physical activity. For kids, the ibitz PowerKey converts physical activity into “keys” that unlock rewards, while the ibitz Unity for parents tracks the overall progress of family health goals.

ibitz PowerKey for Kids

The ibitz PowerKey for kids not only unlocks access to games and apps, but also allows each user to maintain the health of their own GeoBotz virtual pet character within their app. The ibitz PowerKey user is instructed to keep their GeoBotz character healthy through physical activity, healthy food, sleep and plenty of water as a representation of their own physical health. With physical activity, kids will also unlock levels inside select games and can earn parent-directed rewards and prizes through Amazon.

ibitz Unity for Parents

The ibitz Unity for parents allows users to monitor family health wirelessly, all in one place. The adult app tracks steps, distance, weight, height, overall physical activity and body mass index (BMI) for the entire family. Unity users can also create groups outside of the family, such as a running group, for extra motivation and streamline progress reporting. The app allows users to sync with other wireless devices including select scales, heart rate monitors and other social fitness apps.

“With the creation of the ibitz, we’ve found a way to create a product family that motivates both parents and children in a way that works for them,” Rich Schmelzer, CEO of GeoPalz says. “Parents are able to monitor goal progress and create accountability groups with family and friends, while children receive access to games and apps as a reward for healthy physical activity.”

The ibitz line is currently available on Indiegogo at www.indiegogo.com/ibitz and www.ibitz.com and will be available in select retail stores in Spring 2013. The ibitz PowerKey is $34.99 and the ibitz Unity is $49.99. For a demo and more information on ibitz by GeoPalz, visit the GeoPalz booth at CES 2013 in the South Hall (#26311).

About GeoPalz

GeoPalz is a family-owned business founded by Rich and Sheri Schmelzer and Alexandra O'Leary, the creators of Jibbitz(TM) - the stylish shoe accessories for Crocs(TM). As parents, the creators of GeoPalz wanted their mission to be to encourage youths to lead active lifestyles. GeoPalz kid-friendly activity trackers feature unique, fun designs and a safe online community that motivates children by converting physical activity and "vigorous activity points" which can be redeemed for games, rewards and other activity-based toys and awards. www.geopalz.com - www.ibitz.com - www.facebook.com/GeoPalz - www.twitter.com/GeoPalz

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