Smartwatch for kids uses u-blox GNSS, cellular tech

June 20, 2016 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Korean-based software development company KIWI PLUS has launched a smartwatch for children developed in collaboration with u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland). The LINE Kids Watch is a tiny and colorful wearable with LINE emojis functioning as an Android-based smartwatch and enables precise tracking of the whereabouts of children, while also offering educational and interactive content.

Officially distributed by KT Corporation, the LINE Kids Watch uses KIWI PLUS' own IoT platform for wearables, KIWI Edge. Designed with a simple LCD screen for one-touch calling, it also provides real-time accurate location tracking and convenient safety zone setting.

An emergency notification can easily be initiated by the child and text messages are sent by speaking into a microphone. Other features include an education quiz and a Cashbee NFC money pocket function.

"We wanted to offer accurate tracking combined with high quality cellular communication, and u-blox has already demonstrated with leading brands of children’s watches its unique combination of GNSS positioning and wireless communication technologies. And considering the small size, low power consumption and powerful location accuracy of its products as well as the speed with which they helped us solved issues, u‑blox was the right choice," said Sangwon Seo, CEO of KIWI PLUS in a statement.

The u-blox cellular module SARA-U270 and u-blox 7 GNSS chip UBX-G7020-KT are embedded in the smartwatch. The SARA-U270 UMTS/HSPA module provides efficient and cost-effective high-speed mobile connectivity in an ultra-small LGA form factor.

The high-performance UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS chip supports GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS and delivers exceptional sensitivity and acquisition times. It has ultra low power consumption and a very small footprint of only 30 mm 2.

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