5 GPS devices to help you keep track of your child


  • Lifestyle
  • Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014

Track your childrens' whereabouts using your smartphone with Lineable and other GPS-based beacon devices. 

Kiddie wearable tracking devices are on the rise, and while plenty of them offer educational or health tools, one thing they all emphasise is safety. 

One exciting product is Lineable, made by Seoul-based start-up Reverth. The device is a simple GPS beacon that does nothing other than emit signals to a corresponding app, allowing parents the peace of mind of knowing where their child is at all times. What sets it apart from its competitors is price: US$5 (RM16). 

Lineable, a child-tracking device using GPS, is currently looking for funds now on Indiegogo.

Currently on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, it remains to be seen whether Lineable will achieve their goal, although the products low price could be its own worst enemy in this sense for it would need a slew of backers if it is to raise the money on pre-orders alone. Pre-ordered shipments for Lineable are to be expected in February 2015. 

Check out other child-tracking devices below. 

Beluvv’s water-resistant Guardian, which allows parents to designate a ‘safety zone,’ is available for US$39.95.

My Buddy Tag also sells for US$39.95 and has a water safety feature that alerts parents if a child is submerged for more than five seconds.

KidSport GPS Tracking band is available now for US$129, and is a safety-focused wearable that offers more sophisticated functions. For example, it is waterproof and alerts the parents when the band is removed. It also allows parents to see where their kids go unsupervised, a function it calls “breadcrumbing,” in an inverse reference to Hansel and Gretel. The product even features a safety latch making removal a challenge for kids.

Products like Amber Alert GPS offer two-way calling and SMS messaging so that parents and kids can stay in touch, eliminating the need to buy Junior his own phone. The device costs US$125. – AFP/RelaxNews


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