Yes I Met A Woman
I did not work on the idea immediately but I slowly started doing my research on the issue. I later on shared the idea with a friend (tech nuggets). After explaining to him how the platform would work he asked me ‘what next after finding a child the first time, the child might go missing again why don’t you come up with more permanent solution’ and it’s on that day the lost and found solutions were borne and a child tracker was the first gadget that came to mind. I did my research on kids’ trackers and what caught my eye were the kids’ smart watches. The ease of use, price, other features and efficiency as compared to the other trackers made me to consider them first.
Ever thought of how a smart watch came to be? Apparently it’s a culmination of different interesting wearable technology related inventions in history.
The earliest reports of a wrist watch can be traced in 1571 where queen Elizabeth was gifted a watch for her birthday known as an arm watch by Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Then times, time keeping devices were contained in large drums like vessels which the user used to hang around their neck. It’s also said that one day a lady at the park was nursing a child and was also keen on time and so wrapped the clock on her arm, a passer-by became interested and later on placed two tags on the clock and the arm watch came to be. The arm watch was large and marked the beginning of wearable technology.
In 1644 the Qing dynasty traders used Abacus ring to make quick calculations therefore having a competitive advantage over other traders in other regions. The abacus ring was made of pure silver and apparently it’s still used in some classrooms for its ability to help calculate complex sums in a matter of second. (Don’t ask me how… I have been looking at and reading about that ring for hours and I still have no idea how such a ring can calculate complex sums. I was good in history than mathematics so let’s go on…) the Chinese abacus is thought to have been invented during the Ming dynasty in 1368-1644 by mathematician Cheng Dawei.
If you are a lover of movies you must have noticed that most spies related movies during the cold world war had spies that donned a long coat signature. This is because it’s during this time (1950) that button spy camera was invented and used by intelligence agencies. The camera was bulky and could only use them wearing a long heavy coat and they could only do a still snap shot. Before this Julius Neubronner had invented a light weight camera with a timer mechanism that could capture a single image and was strapped in to homing pigeons to take aerial photos.
In 1961 a math professor Edward O. Thorp made the world’s first wearable computer at a time when most computers were room size machines. He partnered with Professor Claude Shannon to make a wearable computer that could predict how a roulette game would turn out. It was the size of a pack of cigarettes with switches hidden in their shoes therefore manipulating it with their big toes. It’s reported that the machine increased the winning odds by 44%. However the Professor was not a greedy man and did not want to profit from it and just wanted to prove a point. Other mathematicians developed similar machines that were so successful that the state of Nevada passed a law prohibiting them in 1985.
Later on there was an explosion of portable computing that resulted in lots of stabs at wearable technology with varying degree of success .for example in 1980 Steve Mann began his eye tap project to create a machine that would record what a user can see through the right eye and also see through it, in 2000 Bluetooth came to be and so many other inventions.
It’s the above inventions that led to a smart watch invention and I thought you should know. And now to the kid’s smart watches, Kids’ smart watches are watches that offer more than time keeping function. The major features associated with the kids smart watches are the call functions and tracking function.
Common Kids’ smart phone features
Tracking features. Most of the kids’ smart watches in the market have the tracking feature where you can track your child’s precise location in real time. They also have the safe zone feature through use of geo fencing (an electric barrier drawn on a digital that when breached alerts the guardian immediately.) Parents can also set update intervals to report location and view the location history on the app
Phone functions. Most watches can be applied as an independent phone. They can make or receive call, Group chat, voice message, text message, add friends, SOS etc. An SOS is call feature where the watch calls a designated number upon pressing a SOS button. Some models can also directly add contacts.
Interactive activities & games. Some models Provide Endless Hours of Kid-Friendly Fun through games, apps, Bluetooth Music Player (MP3, WAV) etc.
Health monitor features. Some models have Fitness Watch features e.g. Sleep monitor, Step counter, Calories Counter ,Sedentary Reminder , activity count etc.
Built-in camera that enables kids to Capture Photos & Videos.
Other important features include: watch remove alerts/ tamper remove alert, low battery alerts etc.
Before buying a kids smartphone one should consider the following:
- It’s important to identify the features one wants most. Some models sacrifice some features to make room for others. And the pricing of these gadgets depends on their features.
- IOS and Android and are the most common smartphones supported when it comes to companions apps for the smart watches. You might want to consider an upgrade, if you have another type of phone or an out of date model.
- Don’t confuse a water resistant rating with water proof. In most cases, it’s not safe to submerge water resistant devices, take baths, swim etc.
There is so much about keeping our kids safe than smart watches, and there is so much about kids smart watches than is in this article, and therefore I would love to hear your comments, opinion, advice etc. even on other wearable technology that may be beneficial to us. Let’s share and equip each other, as per James Keller ‘a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’”