Wearables come in all shapes and sizes these days. Smartwatches are still the most instantly recognisable and popular wearables among adults, but there haven’t been many products designed with children in mind.
A Hong Kong-based company called Doki Technologies recently provided a glimpse at dokiWatch, billed as the world’s most advanced and complete wearable phone and locator for kids aged 6-12 years old. It’s also one of the first 3G smartwatches for children to combine video calls, voice calls, messaging and tracking (and SOS functions) in one simple-to-use device.
dokiWatch say that the watch is designed for the modern family to stay connected at all times, and that the product enables parents to track their child’s location and receive notifications whenever they are at risk. dokiWatch also includes interactive kid-friendly features such as a virtual pet that doubles as a fitness tracker to keep kids engaged.
On January 4, Doki Technologies launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the dokiWatch, which at the time of writing has raised over $150,000 with another 16 days to go.
dokiWatch aims to anticipate the needs of families who want to stay connected, but whose children may not yet be ready for the responsibilities of a smartphone. dokiWatch uses a combination of GPS, GSM and Wi-Fi to allow parents to accurately track their child’s location. It also has an Emergency SOS Mode for children to send immediate alerts to parents whenever there is an emergency.
Not only does dokiWatch have a comfortable, sleek, “kid-approved” design, it also includes fun interactive features for kids. The electronic pet, or “dokiPet”, doubles as a fitness tracker with dokiWatch’s built-in accelerometer to encourage kids to stay active and healthy, making dokiWatch a useful tool for parents who want to see their kids using technology in a positive way. Kids can also earn fun achievement badges based on their steps, distance, and calories burned.
Positioned as providing “big solutions in one small device,” dokiWatch’s innovative combination of features is the result of Doki Technologies Founder and CEO Casper Chien’s experience in strategic marketing and product development at companies like Adidas and Fitbit.
Working for an innovative wearable technology leader like Fitbit gave Casper an insight into the industry, and he became discontent with the current wearable devices available for kids, which fueled his entrepreneurial drive to create dokiWatch.
dokiWatch is the realization of meticulous research and development to ensure that both parents and kids benefit from smart technology – Casper Chien, Doki Technologies Founder and CEO.
More information about the dokiWatch can be found at www.doki.com.
Mobile Industry Review would like to thank Joyce Chung (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Doki Technologies for providing the information contained in this article.