Move over, iPhone. There’s a new gadget in town. Say hello to FiLip, a GPS and watch that is mobile enabled to keep parents and kids in constant contact with one another. Just yesterday AT&T announced that they have partnered with Filip Technologies as the device’s network provider.
So, what can FiLip do for you? When worn by the child and attached to an app on a parent’s phone, it can send and receive calls to the parent’s device. Children will be able to use FiLIP to make phone calls to five re-set phone numbers. How does it work? FiLip uses a combination of GPS, cell tower location, and WiFi that will act as a locator to keep close watch on your child and may help ease the minds of many a worried parent. Another very cool feature is the ability for parents to receive notifications when their children leave designated “safezones.” There is also a handy emergency button that starts ambient sound recording that will connect the child to emergency services. Filip Technologies CEO, Jonathan Peachey, is claiming that it’s a diversity of features that he is hoping will set its product apart. “You need a combination of location and voice,” says Peachey. “I can’t point to a product that does the features we do in a wearable product.”
And how does it compare to similar products on the market? Research has shown that the Samsung Galaxy Gear tries to do everything a smart phone does and ends up being too complicated. The Pebble smartwatch, on the other hand, relies on other devices to make it run. FiLip is purported to be a very simple product. Its main concern is allowing parents to make sure their kids are safe.
>Now, let’s talk about what’s really important here. By strapping FiLip onto your child’s wrist, you will now have the ability to monitor their every move. Helicopter parenting at its finest! Some are even comparing it to an electronic leash. A little harsh, maybe, but with child kidnapping still a real concern, FiLip may offer some peace of mind.
Another bonus? With the younger generations clammoring for cell phones, MP3 players, and tablets, FiLip maybe a step in the right direction to help test the waters of electronic gadget responsibility.
Aimed at children ages 11 and under, FiLIP watch is ideal for parents who aren’t ready to commit to buying their kids a cell phone just yet. It is extremely functional and, since it is wearable, your child is less likely to lose it. Any parent who has had to replace a cell phone will be dancing a jig at that prospect.
Smartwatches are very hot right now and are surely to be on many a youngster’s holiday wish list. The price has yet to be announced but promises to be under $200. An official drop date has not yet been released, but the device is due to land in stores in the next few months. Just in time for the holidays. Or, just in time to battle the crowds at the mall.
Written by: Mary Kay Love