Mom’s “eyes on the back of her head” are sounding old fashion now that kids can wear tracking devices on their wrists. By collecting location data using Wi-Fi and GPS, in addition to 2G/3G network compatibility, LG’s KizON wearable provides tracking and calling features with an accompanying mobile app.
KizON has a variety of methods to monitor a child’s whereabouts. Acting as a simplified cell phone, KizON can receive calls from a pre-set contact list. However, if a child does not respond within ten seconds, the KizON microphone activates so parents can listen in. Additionally, a one step direct call button allows children to contact a caretaker. This phone number can be changed at any time, as long as the adult has an Android smartphone running 4.1 or higher. KizON can also send location updates at scheduled times using the app. Then, when the 36 hour battery is exhausted, KizON will alert parents to recharge the device.
The wristband is not only eco-friendly, but also kid-friendly with its flexible, water and stain resistant material. LG also expects to offer accessories, such as cases with a popular cartoon characters. Although the device is primarily marketed for kids- with youthful pink, blue and green designs-LG explains that the device can also serve the elderly. The wearable’s chunky appearance may be aesthetically unpleasant. However, the sleek, fragile devices people have grown to prefer may not suit the lifestyle or dexterity of these particular age brackets.
KizON enables parents to communicate with their children without the controversy of giving a youngster a full-functioning cell phone. But how will children’s tracking wearables change the conversation about safety? Will parents and children become too dependent on the wearable? How do you think children will respond to wearing the device? What about elementary schools and day care programs?