China Unicom’s Beijing Branch has released an upgraded GPS wristband smartphone allowing parents to keep track of their children and even set parameters wherein the kids can ‘freely roam’.
The device can locate the child who is wearing it and send out their historical tracks through its short message service. The wristband has only four keys to which parents can designate four emergency contact numbers.
In addition, parents also can set a parameter within or out of which their targets can roam free. Once their kids approach the boundary, the device will send signals, and the users will receive an app notification on their mobile devices. Parents can listen to the sounds around their children to determine whether they are in a safe environment
The gadget’s service is set at 360 yuan for two years with the free wristband.
No picture has been released yet, but Technode points out that it appears to be an upgraded version of a similar product that was released in 2010.
Opinions from netizens varied on the technology:
“If you had a built-in camera with video capabilities combined with an IMS network allowing parents to locate their child’s position any time through video call it would be more popular,” said one user.
“Children are not pets,” another said.