LG has lowered the barrier to entry with its new kids-centric KizON wristband. The wearable is designed for children in pre-school and primary school and aims to “give parents a convenient way to keep track of their young children’s whereabouts” on a smartphone.
The KizON looks playful in kid-friendly blue, pink and green. Behind this toy-looking wristband is a 3G-powered device that hooks to GPS and Wi-Fi that gives parents real-time location information. LG has designed a “One Step Direct Call” — either a button on the wristband or via the app — that instantly sets up a call between child and parent. Added security features are embedded within KizON, so if the child does not answer the One Step Direct Call within 10 seconds it will “automatically connect the call to let the parents listen through the built-in microphone.”
KizON has a 400mAh battery and lasts up to 36 hours. When the battery level falls below 25%, a notification will be sent to the parent’s smartphone to recharge it. KizON has 64MB RAM and is water and stain resistant. It will be really interesting to see if any smart kids will hack and customize this on the playground.
Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications, said, “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.”
KizON will first launch in Korea, then rollout to North America and Europe later this year. Price points have no yet been released.
Source: LG Newsroom