Little Billy’s First Wearable: FiLip Smart Locator & Phone for Kids
Knowing that your child is safe is innate to parents. With the world getting more and more complex and dangerous it can be difficult to see your child get on a bus or head out the door and not be able to be with them at all times.
The team at FiLip know this which is why they have developed a wearable smartwatch for children. FiLip is a smart locator and phone which lets you call, text and track your child whenever they are wearing it.
Unlike giving your child a smartphone, which brings its own dangers and complications, FiLip isn’t a complex device. Its a watch. A one-way text receiver. And a phone which only has 5 numbers. Kids can swipe through the pre-programmed numbers to tap to call Mom, Dad or whoever else the parent has configured.
On the parent’s end there is a smartphone app which is used to call your child, text your child and most importantly see their precise location on a map. It also allows you to set up SafeZones.
A SafeZone is a virtual radius which you can set using the FiLIP app. SafeZones are a virtual radius around a destination. When a SafeZone is set, notifications will be sent to the parent’s smartphone via a push notification from the FiLIP app whenever your child enters or leaves a SafeZone.
In addition, the device also has a red emergency button which kids can press for 3 seconds to initiate an emergency sequence. This causes the wearable to sequentially call everyone on the list until someone answers. At the same time records the ambient noise around the child and sends a push notification to the primary account holder.
FiLip comes in four different fun colors since at the end of the day kids will need to want to wear it so it needs to be fun and not scary. The rugged smartwatch is currently being offered in green, orange, blue and pink.
FiLip is launching this Friday November 22 in the US only at this time with a partnership with AT&T for connectivity. The current cost is $199 for the device and a data plan of $10 a month with no contract required. You can check these out on myfilip.com and att.com.
What are your thoughts parents? Would you consider getting this for your child?
This seems like a great use of technology to solve a specific problem for a specific age range. I suspect that kids are desiring (and asking for) full fledged smartphones at earlier ages than most marketers imagine, but for a child aged 6-10, this seems like a very appropriate device. By age 10-12, I suspect most kids want a smartphone or iPad touch.
Also, by building a watch-like device, the company gets around the problem schools would likely have with kids of young ages having cell phones (I’m not sure how schools are handling this nowadays, but my suspicion is they’ve put substantial restrictions on kids having them or bringing them to school).
Lastly, because this is a watch device and specific to a particular kid, I would think it’s less likely to become a potential theft item.
Overall, this is a great concept and perfect application of the phone in watch idea!