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LG Announces the Kizon, a Smartwatch for Kids

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The practicality of wearables is still being debated, but you have to hand it to LG for coming up with a pretty good use case. The Kizon, announced yesterday, is a smartwatch for kids that allows parents to track their location and communicate with them.

Parents can use the built-in GPS to locate a child, or talk to them through the device’s microphone. Kids can call easily by pressing the “One Step Direct Call” button on the Kizon. 

Make no mistake, the Kizon is definitely geared towards the younger crowd, or at least the young at heart. It comes in bright colors and features accessories like a Hello Kitty cover, plus has no touchscreen or interface to speak of. You can’t get simpler than that, really.

Predictably, the specifications aren’t all that impressive. The Kizon packs 64MB of RAM, 2G and 3G cellular radios, and a battery that can last up to 36 hours on a single charge.

The Kizon is set to retail in South Korea soon. It will debut in North America and Europe in the fall. No pricing info is available yet.

With the world turning into even more of a scary place, especially for our next generation, do you think a smartwatch can help alleviate some of that fear for our young ones?

Via: LG
  • Jim Davis

    I hate the “world is more dangerous” theme I keep hearing. It is demonstrably safer now than 30 years ago: http://www.psmag.com/culture/the-kids-really-are-all-right-58651/

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  • master94

    I dont know why everyone hates this. Seems like a good way to make sure your children are always safe. Remember a child goes missing every hour, so this can help lower that.

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  • duke69111

    The size looks more like an ankle bracelet than a watch. That thing is huge.

  • flosserelli

    Does it do anything besides locate kids? If not, then it is a stretch to call it a “smartwatch”. Regardless, I wonder how many of these will end up in the toilet.

  • TopXKiller

    Can’t tell if G3 or G Pad in her hand

  • 213ninja

    “The V-chip gives them sight”

  • Shawn John

    So it’s a wrist walkie talkie for kids. Innovative.

  • Ryan N

    I give it a week before Samsung replicates this. With a heart rate sensor…

    And tizen.

    • NexusMan

      LG copies Samsung, remember?

    • Enthasuasticalogocalism

      kids smartwatch should be integrated to their diaper

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  • chris_johns

    now….if they could only have made it bigger…

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  • OnlyNexus

    House arrest, not just for ankles. Only by Samsung.

    • Daistaar

      (psssst… It’s by LG…)

      • OnlyNexus

        Good call. I’m so used to seeing something new from Samsung every day it seems.

    • NexusMan

      Only it’s NOT by Samsung.

  • NexusMan

    Hardly a smartwatch.

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  • sonicemerald

    but does it tell time?

  • scastro87

    Is the world really becoming a scarier place?

    • rawr

      It is the parents these days that kids need to be worried about.

  • Daistaar

    Too Big. Two separate parts (one will get lost). Too inconspicuous. I’d rather a GPS insert in the kids soles or just screw it and go the vet route: Let’s just inject them in the shoulder with a little GPS chip.

    • rawr

      The things they are holding are the covers which attach to the watch. One part, and if they lose it they just lose a cover.

  • bigphonelover

    could that phone be a little bigger?

    • nibs

      It only looks huge in that chicks hand because she is Korean and physically the size of a 10 year old…

  • Reed Kerr

    Looks like a nice idea. I think the title on the post may need editing though… I’m not really sure how this would qualify as a smartwatch.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Hmmm great for the GPS tracking stuff…

  • michael hill

    I would love to have one for my son.

  • BiggiePhat

    Only if they make the watchstraps the correct size for kids. They aren’t even close in that picture. Draped over their tiny wrists.

    • WIng Lu

      That can wear it as a neck band. Also add a shock feature if the kid ventures more than 10 feet from the parent.

      • rawr

        Probably better than the leash awful parents use at amusement parks that doubles as a trip line.

    • NexusMan

      I think that’s LG’s attempt at design. And style.