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LG’s child-tracking bracelets are terrifying

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Get ready for the latest trend in wearables: the total annihilation of privacy.

LG is gearing up to launch “KizON,” a wristband that plots a child’s every move via a built-in GPS sensor. The device is set to launch in South Korea this month and will arrive in the U.S. and Europe later on this year, according to the Guardian.

LG’s KizON device certainly isn’t the first of its kind. Kid and teen tracking devices have long existed for helicopter parents, including a similar bracelet that debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show and products like the iTeen365 car tracker.

But LG’s device stands out because of its remarkably friendly, mass-market design. It actually looks like something that could take off and forever impact the childhood of every kid it’s strapped to.

No matter how practical the device may be, at the very least it’s bound to leave many feeling uneasy about the future of parenting technology.

Check back with VentureBeat for updates as details on LG’s new tracking device emerge.

Via: Wired, Guardian.

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16 comments
Nicholas Russell
Nicholas Russell

Yeah. Bracelets like these are wrong. My privacy should never be sacrificed at any cost and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise to the death. Just give me a second to use facebook's check in feature first. Need everyone to know I'm at Starbucks!

Ann Marie Hake Hughes
Ann Marie Hake Hughes

And of course, you dolts realize these have been used for years, not just with children, but with dementia patients. You people are so behind on technology, it isn't funny.

Ann Marie Hake Hughes
Ann Marie Hake Hughes

My autistic son wandered off, something about half of all children with autism do. Many of them drown. It's not about abduction. Nearly every day it see another story of a missing child with autism. Which means I see a death a few times a week. Maybe you need to look at the science, the statistics, the reality of what is going on out there. It takes just a moment, any parent can tell you that. If you never lost sight of your child you're a liar, or still have an infant. Or even better, you have a lump of a couch potato that never leaves the house to play outside.

Klancy Kennedy
Klancy Kennedy

So if your'e stealing a child, you remove their electronics. I fail to recognize the utility of the device.

Martin Wardener
Martin Wardener

maybe not every child that gets separated from their parents or lost is kidnapped?

David Junho Yoon
David Junho Yoon

Such GPS tracking devices are everywhere even in your pocket or palm now. For those worrying parents against crime against child, it seems to be cheaper and more portable alternative for kids and parents. Majority of kids carry a phone for the same reason in South Korea (and many other East Asian countries as I hear from local friends there.) and many parents sighs to buy another phone when one is lost. ;) Where there is needs, someone will make and jump into the market. For this case, LG did.

Will Smith
Will Smith

Too bad your phone is all ready a tracking device.

Mark Val
Mark Val

Good way to track the kid and send a Google car or a drone to pick him up. Cmon.. you are already tracked from all your communication sources... you do know right?

James Jones
James Jones

I for one think Omnius, the machine over-mind, approves of human tracking technology

Stephen Price
Stephen Price

The problem with GPS solutions is that frequently they're useless after an incident has occurred - if someone is trying to abduct a child, the first thing they will remove is a GPS tag. The time between incident and discovery of incident then becomes large very quickly. Proximity of care is a much better heuristic for safety, has fewer privacy issues, and is much faster to react to an 'incident'. Check out http://signup.childflare.com/ - iBeacon based proximity of care alarm that was an AngelHack winner last year for example.

Rocky Ratan
Rocky Ratan

And the award for the most USELESS product goes to LG. Its of no use. If a kidnapper wants to kidnap a kid, he can simply take of this bracelet.Whats the use of this?

Edwin Schuss
Edwin Schuss

There are already smartphone apps for this. Why is it so much crazier with a bracelet?

Ryan M Bertoldi
Ryan M Bertoldi

This may also be the special-release for Asia...tracking your childs movement, and progress in mathmatics.

Ryan M Bertoldi
Ryan M Bertoldi

It's better than a leash attached to a monkey-shaped backpack?