FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Youngsters, Arrives In the present day At AT&T For $one hundred
Will Santa stuff youngsters’s stockings with smartwatches this vacation season? That’s the hope for Filip Applied sciences which is at present launching its FiLIP 2 smartwatch for teenagers at AT&T shops and on-line at ATT.com for the discounted launch worth of $ninety nine.ninety nine. The watch, which is actually a small smartphone strapped to the wrist, is likely one of the first “wearables” aimed toward youngsters to hit mass manufacturing. The corporate beforehand provided an earlier model of this similar gadget, simply referred to as the FiLIP.
The watch is gigantic, which, although I don’t have one but to check with my very own baby, seems to be prefer it might develop into uncomfortable to put on after a while on little wrists. However strapping one thing onto a toddler makes extra sense than asking them to recollect to hold round a telephone – youngsters typically overlook and lose issues, so a wearable merchandise at the very least addresses that drawback.
That stated, although clunky it’s additionally type of cute with its slip-on fashion enclosure, two massive buttons, and an array of vibrant colours to select from. In emergencies, youngsters can press and maintain one button to set off an automated location beacon, kick on ambient sound recording, and name and SMS the first quantity related to the account saved on the FiLIP 2. If that individual, probably mother or dad, doesn’t reply, the watch instantly begins calling the remaining contacts one by one till somebody does.
Mother and father may also arrange “SafeZones” (geo-fences) round locations like residence, faculty, the playground or neighborhood, and be alerted when the kid enters or leaves the world. A “sensible locator” perform additionally regularly tracks the kid’s location and plots it on a map, utilizing a mixture of GPS, GSM and Wi-Fi.
Past the security options, the on a regular basis usefulness of the system is that the FiLIP 2 smartwatch features as a telephone. Mother and father can pre-program in 5 numbers that the kid can name and obtain calls from. The kid can scroll by way of the contacts after which pushes the button to telephone them, as wanted.
In the meantime, the gadget could be configured and managed by way of the accompanying cellular app that works with the FiLIP and FiLIP 2, the later mannequin which is launching at the moment. This newer watch has improved sturdiness, a redesigned, closeable wristband and is available in new colours, the corporate explains.
The iOS app that works with the FiLIP watches has been up to date, however the brand new Android app gained’t arrive till later this yr.
The watch is on sale for $ninety nine.ninety nine, however will ultimately retail for $149.ninety nine when the promotion ends after the vacations. In the meantime, the month-to-month AT&T knowledge plan for the watch is an additional $10/month. Clients can add the FiLIP 2 to an AT&T Cellular Share Worth Plan (minimal plan begins at $20/month) for extra $10/month, or activate on a Knowledge Join Plan for $10/month.
The FiLIP 2 is supposed to fill that hole in between the time when a toddler is just too small to despatched out to play by themselves, and but nonetheless too younger for his or her first smartphone. It’s aimed toward youngsters beneath eleven, the corporate has stated.
The choice to electronically leash up your baby like this could be a bit controversial too. In any case, lots of in the present day’s mother and father keep in mind a childhood with much more freedom and far much less supervision. However because of the online and 24/7 information channels and sensational reporting on violent crime and sexual predators, the world appears scarier immediately than prior to now – even when the truth is that violent crime has been dropping within the U.S. through the years.
Mother and father at present are overwhelmingly involved with the security their youngsters, however outdoors of these whose youngsters have particular wants, it might be proper to no less than query if the comfort of units like this outweigh the downsides of a world the place youngsters by no means get to experiment with true independence – if just for a 20 minute bike journey across the block. It’s the selection every mother or father has to make for themselves, and neither aspect ought to decide.