Toddlers love to mimic their parents, which is why you see them talking on pretend mobile
phones. And now that the wearable category is starting to gain some momentum, it didn't take long for a company to once again think of the kids, though it wasn't Fisher Price or Mattel. Perhaps more fittingly, LG
was the one that thought of extending the wearable experience to the little ones, which is the idea behind its new KizON.
KizON isn't simply a toy imitation of a smartwatch, however, but a GPS-enabled device that allows parents to keep track of their young children's whereabouts. Utilizing both GPS and Wi-Fi, mom and dad can receive real-time location data of little Devon on their smartphone.
If little Devon wanders off out of view in a public area -- let's say you made the horrible mistake of blinking -- not only can you track his location, you can also communicate with him. It works both ways, so if Devon gets lost and freaks out, he can hit the One Step Direct Call button, which then dials a pre-configured phone number (presumably yours, though you can change it at any time through a smartphone running Android 4.1 or higher).
"Children as well as the elderly are ideal customers for wearable technologies," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of 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. 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 comes in three color options -- blue, pink, and green, It has 64MB or RAM, 125MB of built-in storage, 2G/3G network connectivity, and a 400mAh battery that's good for up to 36 hours.