Guardian: Parental Child-Tracking Device
Guardian is a new wearable tracking device designed to help anxious parents keep tabs on their children.
Designed by Taiwan-based tech start-up BeLuvv, the Guardian device comes in two parts: a waterproof tracking core and an accompanying smartphone app. Using Bluetooth technology, the core – which can be worn around the child’s wrist or clipped onto belt buckles – transmits the child’s location to the parent’s smartphone. The core signal can reach up to 230 ft.
Parents can set up a safety perimeter, triggering an alert if their child strays beyond that point. Co-Guardians – such as grandparents or other family members – can be added to form a trusted network around a child.
In the event that a child goes missing, Guardian sends their location to the parents. In the future, BeLuvv envisions building a wide network of Guardian users to enable an emergency search feature, which would alert the parents of a missing child if he or she passes within range of another Guardian user.
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