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Wearable Devices Help Parents ‘Guard’ Children

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Elizabeth M
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Much better than a leash
Elizabeth M   9/19/2013 5:54:18 AM
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I just suggested this device to friends of mine with children. It reminds me of leashes for kids that caught on for a while but seemed a bit bizarre and a little too much like dog leases. This is much more streamlined, intelligent and digital age, not to mention it seems far more effective and visibly attractive. I wonder if it will really catch on once it's available.

tekochip
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Re: Much better than a leash
tekochip   9/19/2013 11:13:35 AM
I only lost one child, which I did eventually got back, but there is no greater terror I can think of.  I had turned around and the boy had bolted off to the shoe aisle during Christmas rush.  I was in an absolute panic as I watched the sea of people surging around the mall door.

It's a great product with a good pricetag and has the geeky factor that will make it trendy.  I'll bet they sell a bunch of them.

 

TJ McDermott
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Re: Much better than a leash
TJ McDermott   9/19/2013 4:42:39 PM
Tongue-in-cheek Elizabeth, the next logical step would be to train the child not to wander too far from the parent-guardian.  I'm talking about adding "invisible fence" technology to the bracelet, so that an educational shock is delivered to let the youngster know he or she has gone far enough.

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GTOlover   9/20/2013 9:08:03 AM
"Educational shock" love the term. However, the intelligence of teens have reduced the shock treatment into a dare!

GTOlover
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Another use?
GTOlover   9/20/2013 9:17:47 AM
A bunch of teens playing a sophisticated game of hide and seek. Each person wearing the band and trying to avoid being 'tagged'. The challange is to watch out for the public giving away your position with their phone.

And just because I have to, the NSA could help locate children since they seem to have unconstitutional access to all our phones, emails, and online data. I am sure they could "activate" phones to track for specific signals. Sort of like the device in the Dark Knight movie.

tekochip
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tekochip   9/20/2013 9:57:17 AM
Nicely played, I love the NSA comment.
 
Since the NSA tracks every single call from every man woman and even child in our great free land, why can't they keep Rachel from Cardmember Services from calling me?


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Re: Much better than a leash
Amclaussen   9/20/2013 11:11:00 AM
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Tekochip; I can just start to imagine your panic and suffering on those moments...

I have a son, three and a half years old.  The mere thinking about him becoming lost is enough to make feel very sick instantly, as there are too many little children lost or taken from their parents every day, in many countries.

I Thank Elizabeth for writing about this device. I really hope it becomes available and works as projected. It is a real need. As you said, it should sell as it is trendy and geeky, kids will love it too.

Maybe my nightmare about a lost child comes from my own distant infancy: my mother took me to a large and crowded bakery, and momentarily released my hand as she was ready to pay the cashier (she had one hand occupied holding the bag full of bread pieces, and used the other to open her purse, that she had been carrying under her arm). Being less than 4 years old, I simply walked away some steps.  A stranger (woman) placed on the bakery exit took my hand and quickly started walking away with me.

Fortunately, my father's chauffeur happened to be strategically parked in front of the bakery entrance and perfectly standing at the side of the car, and swiftly stopped the woman from stealing me from my family, possibly forever.

Having read about and heard some similar stories (that ended tragically when the families never saw again or knew anything about their lost child), I'm of the idea that child abduction must be punished as severely as possible (I would approve life sentence, together with say, the ten first years in solitary confinement, no less).

In Mexico, there is a coined term for describing persons that perform child abduction, usually with the intention of selling them.  They are called "Robachicos", and have existed for many many years.  Lately, organized crime has made it a large business, they work in teams, where there is a nice one performing as an innocent and "helping citizen" that "happened to briefly having seen the kidnapper fleeing with the kid," and that offer themselves to "help" looking around to locate the missing child. Their job is to distract away the attention of the parent, while collecting information from the desperate parent, to be used later to contact the parents and demand a ransom.

Amclaussen.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   9/20/2013 6:44:07 PM
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A decade ago, a company called Applied Digital Solutions came out with an injectable ID chip that could be placed into the shoulder of a child. I don't know what happened to it, but this seems far more effective.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1226741

Greg M. Jung
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Greg M. Jung   9/20/2013 9:13:53 PM
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Great application of new technology.  I also like the idea of the next generation version that could also utilize other cellphones in the area to form a finder network should a 'panic' feature be activated by the parent (the device would have to be more hidden and discrete so a kidnapper wouldn't just remove it from the child).

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bobjengr   9/21/2013 2:22:29 PM
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Excellent Post Elizabeth.  This is a great application of existing technology.  If you are a parent, you have experienced the absolute panic when a child wanders off.   This device is worth its weight in gold and I'm really surprised at the low cost.  It amazes me as to how fast those little legs can travel when the child is unattended.  There are those in the public domain ready, willing and able to take advantage of such a situation.   

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