Korean software developer Kiwi Plus has launched a new children’s smartwatch developed using u-blox's GNSS and cellular communication technologies.

LINE Kids Watch, officially distributed by KT Corporation, is a tiny and colourful wearable with LINE emojis functioning as an Android-based smartwatch that enables precise tracking of the whereabouts of children, while also offering educational and interactive content.

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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 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.

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 remarkably very small solution footprint of only 30mm2.

“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,” explained Sangwon Seo, CEO of Kiwi Plus.