Keeping track of your child is always a difficult task, whether you fit them with a police ankle bracelet or a bungee cord, somehow they’re going to get out of your line of site. However Kidswatcher is hoping to change that with a smartwatch that tracks their location and allows quick and easy communication should you need it.
The Kidswatcher takes the idea of a smartphone and scales back its functionality to make it more of like a telematics service, letting parents view their child’s location wherever they are. It should even work in low-tech areas, as it supports GPRS, GSM, SMS and WiFi, so even if your kid is out playing in the woods, chances are some sort of tech can get a bead on them.
The official kickstarter lists the device’s features as:
- Most reliable Communication: GPRS, GSM, SMS
- Tracking outside and inside buildings: Using Wifi-signals (unique in the world)
- Worldwide Connection: In almost every country with a mobile network around the world
- Simple to use, no installation
- In the future: S.O.S. Service Centre for help
At one end, on the kids wrist, you’ll have a little device that gives them the time like a watch, an alarm button and buzzer to offer reminders and a response button that either lets a parent know the kid is ok, or that they need help.
At the parents’ end, there’s a free app that let’s you look at exactly where your child is, send them alerts or messages and get in touch with them in an emergency.
The Kidswatcher isn’t the cheapest of devices out there, costing 150 euros (£120) for a single watch, though there are cheaper options that let you rent the device for a while and if you like it, you can pay the rest later. You also need to factor in a 6 euro a month subscription charge for the GSM package
There don’t look to be too many problems with the Kidswatcher, but it does seem quite expensive for what it is. You get one watch and a free app with every £120, which could really start to ramp up if you have several children you want to fit with the device. However, it does at least offer options for trying it out for a while first.
As children get older too, you might find it hard to get them to wear quite such a chunky device. I’d also like to see some durability tests. If a kid falls on it, I wonder if it can stand up to the damage?
We’ll need to see one of these in the flesh before we give it a verdict, and it’ll need to pass its Kickstarter before we see these in the wild too. That said, it certainly has some features we’d like to see in other child trackers.