In today's era, simply sending your child to school can be worrisome. For parents who're looking for a bit more peace of mind, Verizon is debuting its GizmoWatch later this year — the first 4G LTE watch for kids powered by Qualcomm.
The GizmoWatch is a successor to LG's GizmoPal 2, a wearable which allowed for two-way calling with your child and the ability to view the device's location on your smartphone. The GizmoWatch takes things a step further by implementing Verizon's 4G LTE network to ensure your child's calls and texts are sent successfully.
Though the original GizmoPal could only contact two selected phone numbers, the GizmoWatch is capable of calling up to ten numbers which can be set in the GizmoHub app for iOS and Android devices. If your child happens to share their number with someone whose number isn't on that list, the call won't go through. The app also allows you to pre-write up to 20 text messages that your child's watch will be able to send to anyone on the list of contacts.
You'll be able to track your child's location using the GizmoHub app too; it can even be set up to send you notifications if your child leaves a predetermined area. The app will show the watch's battery life and is capable of managing multiple watches too.
For the kids, there's an integrated fitness and hopscotch tracker where they can keep track of their steps each day. A voice changer has been built-in as well that can make their voice sound like a robot and other fun characters. You'll have the power to turn off the watch remotely via the app in case you feel like it's taking attention away from something more important.
The watch is capable of lasting for up to four days depending on usage, and offers seven days of stand-by time. It'll be released on October 10 to in-store and online at Verizon Wireless for $179.99, though you'll be able to pre-order beginning on September 20. You'll also have the option of adding it to your exisiting Verizon plan for only $5 a month (plus taxes and fees).
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