AT&T has announced an interesting new device created in association with Filip Technologies to help parents stay connected with their children. The device is called the FiLIP and it’s a large device that looks like a smart watch children can wear on the wrist. While the kids get a cool, albeit large, watch to wear parents can get all sorts of information about their child.
The watch offers an easy-to-use interface allowing parents to find location details about the child and contact the child via voice or messaging. The contact with voice or direct messages can be done using the FiLIP application. Parents can set “Safe Zones” with the device allowing them to designate an area of space the kids can roam within.
If the child goes outside of that area, the watch will trigger a notification on the child’s device and notify the parents. The watch features integrated GPS and Wi-Fi along with the ability to connect to cell phone towers. The watch also features an emergency alert system allowing the children to contact parents if needed. The device is rugged enough to survive use by children and is water resistant, but can’t be submerged in a pool. The device is able to register up to five contacts and maintains a blacklist to keep individuals from calling the device.
The watch also has a big red emergency button that the child can press that will send a text message with a link to the location to all five contacts, record ambient noise around the watch, and automatically call the first contact on device. If no one picks up that first contact number, the other numbers will be automatically dialed. Pricing and availability information are unknown at this time.
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