LG is fully on board with the wearable revolution – just days after its Android Wear G Watch went on sale, the company has unveiled a much simpler device for kids. Like several other products on the market, it’s designed for parents to keep tabs on where their children are at any moment.
Location tracking is a growing part of the wearables market: from pets to theme park customers to handbags, GPS tracking opens up a huge number of possibilities. The small size and low cost of sensors coupled with the discreetness of a wearable means we no longer need to wonder where anything is – a few taps on a smartphone or tablet app shows the location of our bike, laptop or youngest son.
The KizON is aimed at pre-school and primary school children. It’s fitted with a “One Step Direct Call” button which works like an emergency line to mom or dad. It works the other way too, so parents can buzz their children – if there’s no reply, the microphone switches on automatically so an adult can hear what’s happening wherever their child happens to be. Another feature is the Location Reminder, which enables parents to set the device to share its location at specific times.
“Children as well as the elderly are ideal customers for wearable technologies,” said LG’s Dr Jong-seok Park in a press statement. “Wearables allow us to stay connected without the worry of losing a device or the inconvenience of having to carry a large item in a pocket. At LG, we’re committed to exploring more ways to incorporate wearable devices into consumers lives in line with our vision to become a leader in wearables.”
LG says the 400 mAh battery fitted inside the wristband is good for 36 hours between charges, and it’s going to come in blue, pink and green. Plans for a wide range of accessories are in the pipeline to make the devices a little more friendly. It goes on sale in South Korea immediately, with a European and North American roll out scheduled for the third quarter of 2014. As yet, there’s no official price.