Verizon is expanding its lineup of GizmoKids wearables with the GizmoWatch, the first of the line to offer 4G LTE. While the GizmoWatch looks like a pretty standard smartwatch, it has a hidden purpose for parents. The device is basically a virtual leash.
With the GizmoHub app on their paired iOS or Android device, parents can track the location of their child at all times. They can also establish safety zones and receive alerts if their kid happens to step foot outside the designated area.
Parents also have complete control over how the watch is used. They pick up to 10 contacts who can call the child, and 20 pre-approved text messages that can be sent. Unapproved numbers won’t even go through. The watch can also shut down during pre-set hours so it’s not a distraction or be paused and unpaused in real-time.
The wearable is powered by a Qualcomm 2100 platform, the same used by most older Android smartwatches, and Verizon says it has a four-day battery life. You can pick up the GizmoWatch from Verizon for $180. You’ll have to pay an additional $5 per month for data costs.