LG is launching into the wearable technology market with no apologies and no reservations. The newest wearable GPS tracking device, KizON, was released in Korea on Thursday and is aimed at preschool and primary age kids. With GPS tracking capabilities and a simple button press to call a pre-selected number (or answer a call) the device is being marketed as a precautionary safety measure for small children and comes in three bright colors: pink, blue and green. Utilizing GPS and Wi-Fi, KizON can relay real-time location information to parents or caregivers and can be tracked on a phone or tablet.
This newest venture into the wearable tracking market has many questioning how it will effect children’s development knowing that a parent is always watching, and whether or not it is encroaching on children’s privacy rights. The KizON has been slated for release in North America and Europe in the third quarter of this year. The price of the device for those areas has not been released.
LG also released their LG G Watch, one of the first commercially available smart watches, on Friday. The watch works in conjunction with an android smartphone. The LG G watch is available through AT&T and the market price is around $299.