Kids keep losing important devices that provide constant contact and advice plus monitoring such as smartphones. Either that or they get easily damaged while playing. That is why there is an influx of a variety of wearable in the children’s market. Kids wearables are not limited to contact and monitoring and some also feature game play and educative functionalities. The choice on the perfect wearable for your child depends on a range of factors including;
The range of functionality.
This is not only the distance to which you expect your child’s wearable device to function but also the parameters you expect from it. For instance, does it provide you with GSM connectivity? Does it have GPS location? These are some of the factors you need to consider when you are deciding on the choice of your child’s wearable device
Age limits and constraints
Though the technological advance in kid’s wearable is primarily meant to feature and ease of use, you have to consider the limits to which your child’s age may influence your selection. For instance, a 2 year old child cannot effectively utilise a wearable with voice based features due to his/ her inability to communicate fluently.
What you expect the wearable to do is also a very huge determinant in the choice of wearable device that you select for your child. Are you just getting one to monitor your child’s location? Do you need a watch feature for your child? Is it primarily for gaming?
Lineable is a tracking locator beacon that is fitted on a band, to be worn on the child’s arm. It does not provide much functionality but is compatible with both iOS and Android platforms. It is connected to the app through bluetooth 4.0 and is probably the cheapest option for aAi?? locator wearable in the market, selling for only $5.
The Gizmo Pal is the brand name for an LG based wearable selling in the US. It provides smart features such as call functionality with a pre-programmable list of 3 contacts. The device is fitted with a locator that can be monitored through a smart phone app. The locator can be pre-scheduled to send out real time alerts of the child’s location according to the location that is set. Similarly, it provides real time location monitoring through a “Location Check” feature which shows the location of the device on a map. The device doubles as a watch with a voice read out option as well as a number of fun sounds for passing time.
The VTech Kidizoom is designed to take child photography to the next generation level. The device is fitted with a camera that also has a video recording feature. There is ample memory to hold all the images and videos that the child takes. The device is designed as a watch and has a number of customizable watch faces that feature analog and digital watch display modes. Configured with gyro sensors, the device also allows for 3D screen display. It also comes with a calender and basic calculator that has basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division functions. The device has a touch screen display.
The Weenect Kids wearable is not worn on the body but is rather attached to various areas on the clothing of the child or placed in the child’s pockets. The Weenect Kids wearable device is water and shock resistant for ease of use in various risk scenarios that the child may come across while playing. It is designed to provide real time location with a geo fence feature that also sends out an alert to a connected monitoring device such as a smartphone- it is accessible through the internet or through the smartphone app. The location tracking can be obtained through a map display that shows the location of the device, a compass that shows the direction of device as well as an augmented reality feature that functions through the camera of the monitoring device. It also has a call and SMS feature.
SAFE Kids Paxie Band
The SAFE Kids Paxie band is a bracelet worn around the child’s arm. It has a number of functions that are centred around the health safety of the child. The device has a GPS locator for real time location, a geo fence, a daily activity monitor, a heart rate monitor, aAi?? body temperature monitor and a number of other features. The information is all relayed to a monitoring smartphone that has the installed smartphone app. The best feature and what sets is apart from a lot of other wearables is a feature that sends out an alert to the monitoring device once the bracelet is taken off.
Lociloci is a wearable that functions with another device, primarily a phone. The child therefore has to have both devices for the locator to work. The device provides location information on the whereabouts of the child by pinging it through cell towers. It does not use bluetooth or GPS tracking to monitor the location and therefore has longer battery life. It is meant for the older kids, especially teenagers.
Trax is also meant for older kids though it can be used to monitor the younger ones. Its primary function is to monitor and provide real time location information on the child that is relayed on a map to the smartphone app. The device however doubles as a speed monitor to calculate how fast the child is moving. It is ideal for unruly teenagers with high adrenaline and a need for speed.
My Buddy Tag
My Buddy Tag is also a health based wearable and is heavily designed with safety in mind. It has an alert for water submersion when the device remains under water for more than 10 seconds and is ideal to prevent drowning. It also has a panic button and a geo fence proximity alert for when the child leaves the designated alert. It is a wrist band and can be tracked via bluetooth up to 37 m and 12 m in open and closed spaces respectively.
The Pocket Finder is a safety wearable device that provides GPS location tracking that is updated every two minutes, geo fencing features and a speed monitor that alerts the parent of the speed of the child. The device does not have a panic button but initiates an SOS call to a pre-programmed number by tapping it thrice against a hard surface.