Parents in this day and age are probably more overbearing and protective than ever before and we have technology to thank for that.
There used to be a time when kids would go out for hours with no way to contact their parents, yet they’d be just fine and get home in time for dinner. With cell phones, kids these days are on a virtual leash. Unless you leave it at home you’ll certainly be getting calls or texts from your parents regarding your whereabouts, and they can always track you using the find my iPhone feature or similar things on Android.
Well, the digital child leash just got a little more stylish. This is the DokiWatch, and for kids this is actually pretty damn cool. The watch made by Doki Technologies lets kids make video calls. Your Apple Watch can’t even do that! It’s like something straight out of the Venture Bros.
The Android smartwatch has a 1.22-inch touchscreen and does a wee bit more than must offer video calling. This is where the “child leash” part comes in. It has a 3G radio, Micro SIM slot, an SOS button (which is a smart move) and location tracking that uses GPS, WiFi and cellular signals.
It also comes complete with a MediaTek 1.3GHz dual-Cortex-A7 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 600 mAh battery that will require daily charging. It’s also dust and waterproof and runs on Android 4.4, so it will be receiving firmware updates.
It’s not on the market just yet, as it’s currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. As you can see in the photos, the DokiWatch is paired with a smartphone. This means that parents will have to download the Doki app for Android and iOS. Back to the child leash thing. The app allows you to set “virtual fences” so you can get notifications whenever your kid enters or leaves those areas. Don’t worry, though, it won’t shock them or anything… we think.
The SOS button, when pressed, immediately ends your kid’s location and background noise to all preset contacts so you can know exactly what’s going on.
Naturally, it’s tough to get your kid to do anything – so the watch has some features installed to ensure that the kids will actually keep it on their wrists. One of ’em is pretty much a Tomagachi that’s a fitness tracker in disguise. If your kid knows another kid with the watch then then can become DokiWatch friends via bluetooth… because being someone’s friend in real-life clearly isn’t enough anymore. Oh, and parents can manage their kid’s friend list as well.
The device has already reached its goal, so you should be able to pick up one of these overbearing child leashes for $129 in May.