LG’s Latest Wearable Lets Parents Keep a Close Eye on Kids
Hello, tracking device. LG’s (NYSE:LPL) newest release is a wearable tracker that allows parents to check up on their children. It even comes with optional Hello Kitty and other character accessories to help encourage kids to wear them on their wrists in the spot traditionally reserved for a regular watch.
The LG KizON is worn on the wrist, but it’s no smartwatch. It’s an even simpler version of the kiddie cell phones of the middle of the last decade on the child’s end. The device allows children to make calls to one pre-programmed number, which will likely be mom or dad’s cell phone. On the parent’s smartphone or tablet, the parent can see their kid’s location on the accompanying app using GPS and Wi-Fi. They can also make calls to their child’s device.
If a child doesn’t answer, the GPS kicks in, allowing parents to see where their kid is. It also alerts parents when the battery life of the device drops below 25 percent, although with a 36-hour battery life, a nightly charge will likely prevent that signal. It’s the ultimate tracking tool for parents for the preschool and younger elementary school set.
The KizON comes out in LG’s native South Korea in July. It will debut in North America and Europe this fall. So far, no price has been listed in any currency for the device.