LG unveil controversial Kizon device

The wearable device is made to be worn on the smaller wrist of a pre-school or primary school child, so it is not dependent on pockets and children can be trusted not to lose it.

“Children as well as the elderly are ideal customers for wearable technologies. Wearables allow us to stay connected without the worry of losing a device or the inconvenience of having to carry a large item in the pocket” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and president of LG.

Released initially in South Korea, the Kizon makes use of GPS, 2G and 3G cellular networks. It can locate and track the wearer’s position and send the information to an app on a tablet or smart phone, presumably a parent’s, and can also act as a medium for phone conversations.

Having only one button, it is simple for a child to answer a phone call from, or make one to, a pre-configured number, usually that of their parents or guardians. Should the child not answer however, the device engages the microphone anyway and transmits all that it can pick up to the caller.

Undeniably, the device has its uses. Being able to find the child and know that they are locatable at all times will give peace of mind to parents. However, campaigners say that it will break down another connection between parents and children and replace it with technology, as well as reduce a child’s development of indepencdance as their parents will always be with them.

It also has some fairly obvious security and safety issues related to unwanted people tracking children, and LG will have to make sure that security is foolproof.

Release for Europe and North America is set for sometime over the next quarter.