Kids GPS trackers are, for the most part, a dime a dozen. We’ve written about several different ones and, much like pet trackers, they are basically all trying to fix the same problems and all have the same solutions. However, the new POMO Waffle is a little different and, of all the GPS trackers that I’ve read about, this is the first I actually would consider purchasing for a child.
At its core, the POMO Waffle is a kids smartwatch with the sort of helicopter parent GPS functionality that all kids smartwatches come with, including the ability to set safe zones and track where your child has been via an app. However, unlike other GPS watches, the POMO Waffle actually has some really cool features that will make kids want to wear it, and will actually help them learn, play, and stay safe.
As with most GPS kids watches, the POMO Waffle has some standard security features including location tracking, watch off alarm so you know if the device is removed, and a safe zone with notifications if the child leaves the area. However, it is the nonstandard features that really make this device stand out. With the “Take Me Home” feature, the watch can display simple directions to help a lost child find their way back home. The SOS function allows the watch to call a trusted contact, and continue ringing until someone answers. Parents can also send emoji and messages to their children, as well as call to ensure safety.
But all of that is really more for the parents. The smartwatch also has some cool functions that kids will like, including customization, schedule reminders, alarms, and an easy pairing with other POMO Watches so kids can play together. The devices can even be used as walkie-talkies to encourage creativity and socialization. And, my personal favorite, the device also has an In-Class Mode which helps kids stay focused during school or study time, minimizing distraction and teaching the importance of focus.
Here’s a video from the developer explaining the features and benefits:
Of course, as you can see in the images, the watch can also be customized not only with colorful bands, but the face can also be set and customized as much as kids like. The device is dustproof, splashproof, and scratchproof to withstand lots of playing. It’s made of a high grade silicone with soft touch buttons and a secure buckle for comfortable wear.
The device is currently available on Kickstarter, but only until Friday, Jan 6, 2017. At the time of writing, it is more than 100% funded, and the device is pretty well good to go. If you’re interested, you can pick up a watch for $109 or the watch and customizable bands for $130.
However, if you missed the Kickstarter deadline, don’t sweat it. The developers have stated that after the Kickstarter ends, it will be available through the developer site, but for slightly more than the Kickstarter price. There wasn’t a listed retail price yet, but looking at the other devices, I’d expect it at somewhere between $150 – $200. The POMO Waffle is expected to be shipped in March 2017 to Kickstarter backers, and there’s a good chance it will be available for purchase sometime after that.