Junior Travelers Review Tennessee Attractions
Family travel to Tennessee can now be planned with the help of some tough little critics. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development partnered with attractions across the state to launch Kid Reviewed, a site that gives parents some pint-sized insight on where their children might find the most fun.
In May, more than 200 children wore a Laugh Tracker for over 450 hours at almost 40 attractions across the state. The device recorded more than 36,000 laughs – an average of 1.3 laughs per minute.
The Laugh Tracker wearable technology uses a sound-activated technology that connects to Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices. Recordings were uploaded to a cloud-based “laugh detection” service, which forwards only those recordings containing laughter to a secure server, where they are paired with the wearer’s location and heart rate data. Laughter and heart rate data are linked to the Laugh Tracker device itself, rather than to the individual wearer, ensuring anonymity for the wearer and preventing the collection of any personally identifiable information.
The Kid Reviewed booth has been featured at the Children’s Museum of Memphis, Discovery Park of America in Union City, Nashville Zoo, Fall Creek Falls in Spencer, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and more.
Data and candid reviews recorded during interviews and at the “Kid Reviewed” booth are available at www.kidreviewedtn.comand www.tnvacation.com.