LG Electronics introduced a new wearable device aimed at allowing parents to track the whereabouts of their children. What makes it unique is that the wristband-like gadget has a built-in cellular radio.
The device, called KizON, is designed exclusively for pre-school and primary school children and uses GPS and Wi-Fi to give parents real-time location information that they can track on a smartphone or tablet. It also features "One Step Direct Call," a function that connects the child to his or her parents. Using the feature, the child can press a single button to call a pre-defined phone number, which can be changed at any time through a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 or higher. Likewise, the parent can reach the child by calling the wearable gadget.
As a safety feature, LG said if the child fails to answer a call from any of the pre-configured numbers within ten seconds, KizON will automatically connect the call to let the parents listen through the device's built-in microphone. Another important feature is what LG terms "Location Reminder," which gives adults the ability to pre-set the device to provide location alerts at specific times throughout the day.
LG said the KizON will launch in South Korea on July 10 before coming to North American and Europe in the third quarter. The company said that exact launch dates and pricing will be announced locally.
The device will operate on 2G and 3G networks, making it one of the first wearable devices to feature cellular connectivity. According to recent comments from Glenn Lurie, AT&T Mobility's (NYSE: T) president of emerging devices, wearable devices with cellular connectivity will become more prevalent in the U.S. market later this year.
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