Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Crowdfunding Startup HereO's GPS Kid's Tracking Watch

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Kids GPS trackers to help worried parents keep track of them is hardly a new thing, however these new tracking watches for nippers are certainly cute. HereO was started by three founders Daniel Ivesha, Gill Mendelson CEO and COO Allon Gladstone, now up to a team of 10 with a common mission to make a product that will keep children safe and within arm's reach. After three years of research & development, they have now completed their first assembly run.

Similar to other tracking devices the HereO watch helps parents to set up so-called safe zones around home or school area. The device sends an alert to parents if the kids leave or enter the zone. Furthermore, parents can also broadcast messages using an iphone app, or direct kids to help them reunite with family members if lost. On initial review its seems to be cheaper than competing trackers . HereO is listed on Indegogo at US$99 and others such as Filip lists at US$ Filip. Additionally it’s also smaller than most kids watches and well designed.

However like all good things there is catch as this item will not be sold through carries like AT&T, Vodafone or Smartone, which means users will be charged a monthle GPS service fee. The hereO GPS watch cleverly comes with a build-in SIM-Card, which automatically connects to a local carrier in more than 140 countries with no roaming fees. The good news is if purchased through Indigogo you will get first six months usage free, and US$5 a month thereafter. (If you purchase it at retail once it comes out, you'll pay US$149 with presumably no free service.) Should you buy in, the watch will work with a free app for either iOS or Android (Windows Phone and BlackBerry are coming soon, says the company).

The hereO team includes experts with different backgrounds, each with their own core competency - from entrepreneurship to hospitality to technology and LBS. Additional specialists joined hereO with a range of expertise ranging from hardware engineer, industrial design, branding, marketing, app-design, app-programming, software programming and more.

The catch? Because this won't be sold through a carrier, like AT&T, you'll instead need to pay a monthly fee for the GPS service. Specifically, if you buy on Indiegogo you'll at least get the first six months free, but it's still $5 a month thereafter. (If you purchase it at retail once it comes out, you'll pay $149 with presumably no free service.) Should you buy in, the watch will work with a free app for either iOS or Android (Windows Phone and BlackBerry are coming soon, says the company).

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Mary Chan

Mary is the Senior Editor at fundedflow