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LG's new wearable for kids allows your to listen in on their surroundings

LG just launched its G Watch smartwatch that runs Google’s new Android Wear operating system. The G Watch is of course aimed at adults, but the company’s newest wearable is squarely targeted at the “youth” market.
The new LG KizON not only allows parents to track their children in real-time via GPS, but it also allows for two-way communications (the device supports 2G/3G and Wi-Fi standards) between parent and child via a feature called One Step Direct Call. Using the One Step Direct Call button, the child can contact one pre-configured cell phone number.
Where things take a step towards creepy, however, is enabled if a parent tries to contact their child, and the child doesn’t pickup within 10 seconds. In that case, the KizON will automatically allow the parent to listen in on the child’s surroundings via the built-in microphone.

“Children as well as the elderly are ideal customers for wearable technologies,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, who heads LG Electronics’ Mobile Communications Company. “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.”
The KizON features a 400 mAh battery that lasts for up to 36 hours (parents can be alerted on their smartphones when the battery level falls below 25 percent). The KizON is also water-resistant and will be available in blue, pink, and green.
There is currently no information on pricing, but the device will launch in South Korea tomorrow, while North American and European sales will commence in the third quarter.

Source: The Korea Business Wire

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By atechfan on 7/9/2014 9:53:12 AM , Rating: 3
Couldn't they made something that would have fit a kid's wrist better?

RE: Huge!
By Brandon Hill on 7/9/2014 10:15:01 AM , Rating: 5
Looks like a more stylish ankle bracelet worn by convicts :)

RE: Huge!
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/9/2014 10:30:00 AM , Rating: 1
... barely.

RE: Huge!
By VoodooChicken on 7/9/2014 1:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like those LifeAlert monitors. Or a bar of soap

RE: Huge!
By soccerballtux on 7/10/2014 3:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
first helicopter moms, now we have NSA moms

RE: Huge!
By soccerballtux on 7/10/2014 3:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
im 16 and my moms getting one for me

RE: Huge!
By DanNeely on 7/9/2014 2:28:40 PM , Rating: 2
But if it was small enough that it wouldn't fall off the first time the kid held his or her arm vertically (and what kid ever does that) they'd loose out on a huge revenue stream from parents having to replace them monthly because they fell off and got lost.

They're just trying to avoid the smart watch suffering a collapse like the desktop, laptop, and tablet industries have when consumers slowed their purchase rates because everyone who wanted one had one that was good enough already.

*rolls eyes*

overheard conversations..
By kattanna on 7/9/2014 11:09:46 AM , Rating: 2
i can imagine a mother giving this to her child, and then when they cant find them and call and instead it goes to listening mode and they hear..

"hey linda.. over here in this drawer is where mommy keeps this thing that vibrates.."

good times..

RE: overheard conversations..
By skildner on 7/9/2014 1:53:01 PM , Rating: 2
My questions is, why linda?

RE: overheard conversations..
By atechfan on 7/10/2014 7:51:58 AM , Rating: 2
I worry about you if the first thing that pops in your head when you hear the word "child" is "vibrator".

By mchentz on 7/9/2014 12:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
This thing has potential for my 71 year old mother that lives alone.

RE: potential
By retrospooty on 7/9/2014 12:23:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, remember that old alert system with the "I've fallen, and I cant get up". I am sure there is a great joke with that, the clapper and a pacemaker, but it's not coming to me.

RE: potential
By Brandon Hill on 7/9/2014 12:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I remember those commercials. "I'm having a... heart....ataaaaaaack"

HA! Bill burr is a genious
By bah12 on 7/9/2014 3:26:50 PM , Rating: 3
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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