Apart from all the usual new smartphone announcements, MWC is also a place where other manufacturers are showing off their gadgets including this “i’m Tracer”, a GPS tracker made for children. Equipped with a GPS module and a GPS radio, the bracelet is designed so you can easily keep tab on your kids not just to stalk them, but also to ensure their safety because, you can never be too safe.
Looking like a smartwatch because of a big bulk, the i’m Tracer is essentially just a bracelet and the size is to fit in a battery that lasts for about 3 days of regular location updates – that’s more than the Galaxy Gear! Other features include an accelerometer and a distress button kids can press to call a preset emergency contact.
The Tracer will also come with an iOS and Android apps that allows you to view the child’s location on a map and see a detailed history of their travels. The app also comes with an augmented reality mode that displays their location as a glowing blue beacon over a live image from your phone’s camera. It’s still a prototype, but the Italian company says that it will be priced between €140 to €160.
Honestly as a parent, while such gadgets may look like an extreme violation of a child’s privacy but the world is getting more and more dangerous. Gone are the days where children or even adults can walk out on their own without feeling threatened so such gadgets may come in handy…for children below the age of 8 at least – any bigger they’ll just rip the bracelet out and throw it somewhere.
Will you pay for a GPS tracking device to keep tab of your kid’s whereabouts? Like, when you’re at work and she’s with her caretaker, you just want to make sure she has not been kidnapped and is safe and sound where she should be?