As one of those parents who loves being in contact with–and keeping track of–my kid, the new fun, wearable gadgets for kids from Verizon and LG are right up my alley. It’s a great idea, really. My daughter can call me when she’s at a friend’s house or even at Girl Scouts and needs me to pick her up early.
Recently, my daughter and I were lucky enough to get a sneak introduction to the new GizmoPal® 2 and GizmoGadget™ by LG™, a pair of exclusive kid-friendly connected devices that look as cool as the smartwatches that the adults have, but they’re available in multiple fun colors and designed just for kids.
First, let’s start with the device for the younger set: GizmoPal 2, great for those as young as four up to eight-years-old. The second-generation GizmoPal comes in pink or light blue, and features multiple LED status lights that indicate if a call or message is coming in from his or her caregiver, the ability to set GPS boundaries with real-time notifications, an IPX7 waterproof design (to one meter for 30 minutes) and a voice recorder that allows children to playback their voice with fun effects. Stickers for the GizmoPal 2 and interchangeable watchbands for both devices will be available to let your kids further stylize their new devices.
Next is GizmoPal’s big sibling, the GizmoGadget. It offers many of the same features as the GizmoPal 2, but also offers a touchscreen display that gives children even more exciting features and provides a more immersive experience. New features include the ability to send pre-recorded messages and emojis from the interactive 1.3-inch color touchscreen, and a pedometer and jump rope counter to encourage exercise. It’s also waterproof.
For parental peace of mind, both products have GPS tracking built in with a companion app, in case you want to make sure your first grader gets off at the right bus stop. You can get an instant alert, in real time, if they wander farther than you’d like outside of the GPS boundaries that you’ve set. Both also let the wearer communicate with parents. Manage this feature, as well as all other settings, from the new GizmoHub™ app, available for download at Google Play and Apple App Stores.
GizmoPal 2 is more limited, allowing your child only to send pre-recorded messages and emoji — perhaps no bad thing for younger children. Adults can, however, call the watch directly. The GizmoPal 2 design has been updated as well, so it looks a bit sleeker than the original version.
Bigger kids will want the GizmoGadget, which has the way cooler ability to send messages and calls instantly between devices and a touchscreen display.
So what will all this fun cost you? Both devices require a $5 monthly access fee that can be added and removed at any time to your existing Verizon Wireless plan. Available now in Verizon stores nationwide and online at verizonwireless.com, GizmoPal 2 is $79.99 and the GizmoGadet is $149.99.
If you’re anything like most parents, you hate buying things for kids that they don’t end up enjoying. So from that perspective and testing it out on our own, these gadgets are a great fit for tech savvy tykes ages seven to 11. That way, they’re independent enough to have some responsibilities of their own and know that they need to connect with their parents and guardians, but they aren’t quite ready for a cell phone yet.