Walk to Win!
GeoPalz is the first fitness tracker that lets you “Walk to Win.” The more steps you take, the more pedpoints you get. Trade’em in for all types of prizes, from Frisbees and jump ropes to baseball bats and footballs, you can also save your points to win a Bike or skateboard!
We were tired of seeing our children glued to their TV and computer screens and trying to think of ways to motivate our children to get up and get active. We decided that if children could convert their activity into points that could be redeemed for free stuff they might get motivated to turn off the tube, get off the couch and get outside to play. In a perfect world their treadmills would power their TV’s and Computers but that’s a whole other story.
GeoPalz are pedometers using 3D Tri-Axis Accelerometers, designed for the shoe or hip, that gauge MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) for tracking a child's daily activity. Each device features a unique design and kids earn points based on the overall steps/activity they have each day, and can redeem those points for prizes or time in the online arcade.
Every GeoPal was designed to let its user express themselves. Be sure to see them all here!
GeoPalz is the first activity tracker and online game that records your child’s physical activity by tracking steps throughout the day and encourages them to be active by tracking their steps online to win prizes, awards and online game time.
Get a GeoPal
Every 3 months new GeoPalz will be available.
When you buy GeoPalz,
they will be your virtual guides on the
site, give tips, advice
Wear your GeoPal and let it start
counting your steps, then at the end
of the day log them on GeoPalz.com
to earn points.
Travel GeoPalz World
The steps you log, moves you
further on the map of the GeoPalz
world, where you can see upcoming
prizes and awards.
Steps you enter also unlock awards
and certificates that can be printed
and hung on the refrigerator or in
Earn Free Toys & Prizes
Every mile walked earns points.
Trade points in for free gift cards and
credits from Target, iTunes,
PlayStation, FarmVille, Club Penguin
or trade them for goods like Hacky
Sacks, Frisbees, Soccer Balls,
games and more!
Wear your GeoPalz while you Run,
walk, hike, play and have fun. That’s
all you need to do to win free prizes
At the end of each day a user logs their steps into the GeoPalz website and the steps are then converted into miles/points that can be redeemed for all sorts of physical prizes that will be shipped to your home as well as certificates that they can print and hang on their wall.
Parents can now form and track their entire families activity on GeoPalz. Either manual entry or automatic uploads from 3rd party recomended devices such as FitBit, Nike, Garmin, Polar, WiThings, DailyBurn and MapMyFitness parents can track steps, weight, height, calories burned and consumed for the entire family. Graphs allow the parents to easily see what percentile each child fits into for each category.
Once a user is registered they can form a group that others can join. Examples of groups that can be formed are: teachers for tracking their class or their entire school, Organizations like Girls or Boy Scouts, Walk for the Cure, parents for local fundraisers, or kids for their fun playgroup. There is no limit to what types of groups that can be formed, only that the group has to meet our standards to become approved and we reserve the right to remove a group whenever we want with or without reason. Every GeoPalz user is defaulted into a GeoPalz Group” and all steps are aggregated and posted on our website and our various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, BrightKite, MySpace and whatever is trending at the time.
GeoPalz is set up so that children can only see their own activity. From a philosophical perspective we believe that by letting a 7 year old see what other 7 year olds are doing, it could de-motivate them and cause and adverse affect. For example, some kids take 2,000 steps per day, and some may take 20,000. It’s not our job to tell them they are under or over performing only to motivate them to win more prizes by taking more steps and becoming more active.
Each Week GeoPalz sends an email to the parent with their child's progress. We include a graph to show how they are doing and if they are taking more or less steps on average. The emails also feature "Did you Know" data that you can use when talking with your child about the week's progress. For example, at the dinner table you could say "Did you know that you walked 28 miles this week? Did you know that's from Boulder to Denver? Good Job!"
For the GeoPalz Website, all steps are converted into miles/points based on the formula 2,500 steps = 1 Mile. Since calculations may vary based on the individual stride of the user, we will soon feature a "pedometer tuning exercise" that will allow parents to adjust the 2,500 steps to the actual steps it takes for your child to walk a mile. We also believe that since this is about "individual" activity, tuning may not be necessary as our goal is to get kids up and active, not to track accuracy or measure steps against other users. Since any activity is supposed to be recorded on our GeoPalz, we have tuned them to be extra sensitive. As a result we've actually seen instances where our pedometers have recorded as much as 2X the actual steps taken. At GeoPalz we are only concerned with defective pedometers that track less steps than actually taken as the children want their prizes and awards sooner rather than later.
At GeoPalz we respect your privacy and especially the privacy of (y)our children. For this reason we do not use last names, addresses or any personally identifiable information. Even when they have joined a group each user is only referred to as a Member 1, 2 or 3. or Student 1, 2 or 3. There is no ability to meet other GeoPalz members or create chats or interact with other GeoPalz even virtually.