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.

Smart watch for kids

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.