Nowadays civilian GPS technology stands in the avant-garde of family safety and gives a simple answer to the centuries-long parent’s question: “Where is our kid?”. When a smart device reports that a kid has left the school and now is moving to a bus stop, parents should be happy as a pig in muck, but they are still not.
The reason is that most high-end devices are still flawed and sometimes inexcusably imperfect in this world of upcoming future. As parents, we absolutely don’t want to compromise with such faulty products.
There are a few displeasing factors we don’t like about GPS watches for kids:
- Enormous size. For sure, these devices should be exceedingly portable because kids wear it the major part of a day. GPS watches should fit well for school classes or even sports activities and not to force a child to put it off.
“It is very difficult to imagine because the size of some smart watches is rather similar to the ankle bracelets that some criminals get fitted with”, stated James Cook, the Technology Editor at Business Insider UK.
The bitter reality is that such devices still need some space for an internal antenna and high-capacity battery inside. In the world of “smart soles” for “smart shoes” basic rules of electronic engineering are still prevailing. Workable models of GPS watches may have up to 40 mm (1.57 inches) in width and hardly ever smaller. It perfectly fits for an adult, but not for a little kid.
- Easy to break and lose. Let’s be honest, our children are absolutely unpredictable. All of them should be “tagged” with the specification and the list of devastating consequences once have been born. Apparently this list can be really long. That’s why any type of kids’ gadgets should be ready for any extreme challenges and crash tests.
GPS watches without high enough durability should be thrown away. The same story goes about the waterproof class. Who can guarantee that the younger members of your family will not decide to take an around the world journey after the classes?
The market offers a lot of GPS bracelets with different levels of protection. For example, the newest GizmoPal 2 designed by LG has a high waterproof class IPX7, while Laipac S911 watches have IP44 class. Literally, it is a matter of survival for GPS watches.
- Complicacy. If we don’t talk about xBox, all kids inwardly are fans of one-button or even no-button devices. Nevertheless, manufacturers aspire to amaze us with complicated products having “million buttons” in a set.
Sometimes even adults can’t figure out what is a purpose of all that buttons and special settings of such devices. No, I absolutely agree that sending messages and photos are cool features to write about, but I’m not sure that my son will really need it in his smart watches.
Parents just need a guarantee of reliable work instead of CIA spy features on the child’s wrist. Many buttons are fraught with unjustified intricacy and usually do nothing profitable for children’s safety.