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Wearable Devices Help Parents ‘Guard’ Children

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Charles Murray
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Re: Much better than a leash
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 6:15:55 PM
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I think abductions was one of the motivations behind the chip developed by Applied Digital, Liz. There was a terrible problem with abductions in Mexico and Central America at that time.

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Re: Much better than a leash
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 6:13:14 PM
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I agree, Liz. This bracelet is a far better option.

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Re: Much better than a leash
Charles Murray   9/23/2013 6:12:39 PM
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I had a similar experience at Brookfield Zoo, tekochip. Lost a child for about 30 minutes. Thirty minutes doesn't sound like a long time, but it's an eternity in that situation.

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Re: Much better than a leash
Nancy Golden   9/23/2013 1:03:52 PM
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Hi Elizabeth, regarding your remark, "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" I had to laugh. I always felt the same way until we were assigned six preschoolers while volunteering during Vacation Bible School. Although measures were of course taken to ensure the safety of the children, the ensuing chaos often made it difficult and when you had one little escape artist who took great pleasure at running off when your attentuon was diverted for only a fraction of a second - a leash would have been worth its weight in gold. We had to deplete our volunteer resources and assign one person to his full time care...

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A Wearable Device for Swimming Pool Safety
Nancy Golden   9/23/2013 12:58:15 PM
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Along the same lines, here is a piece of wearable tech that I used when Josh was a toddler. We have a swimming pool and I was very worried about his safety so I had several layers of protection in place including this device: http://www.safetyturtle.com 

It is a cute turtle on a wristband. If the turtle is immersed in water it sends a signal to the base station and an alarm goes off. It worked great, although I am very grateful we never had a real incident with it. I never turned Josh loose without supervision, but there is just too many horror stories of children drowning even with people present.

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Another Application
Nancy Golden   9/23/2013 12:51:45 PM
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I think this would also be a valuable application for Alzheimer patients. It could prevent a lot of heartache...

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Nancy Golden   9/23/2013 12:50:21 PM
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I agree. the self-sufficient independent americam spirit that bristles at the thought of invading privacy and depending on technology for protection goes out the window when a perceived threat to one's child occurs. As silly as this sounds, I had taken my son to our church for a karate lesson. The church had a karate ministry and offered free lessons twice a week. I took Josh there for his first lesson and escorted him to the gym (I think he was in around the third grade). I made sure that he was part of the class before i left to go do something in another part of the building. When I returned to get him - he was not in obvious sight. I asked one of the instructors where he was and they didn't know. I began looking for him and couldn't find him. My heart started beating faster and faster and I began racing through the building, calling out and looking for my son. I will never forget the panic and helplessness I felt. When I headed back to the gym completely distraught, I found him and another instructor walking down the hall - and in his arms was a brand new karate uniform. When the class had ended she had took him to a storage closet to get him a new uniform...

Even the most diligent parents are not perfect and we live in a different world than the one I grew up in - and often times a very scary one. We used to be gone at sunrise and not return until the street lights came on and parents did not have cause to worry the way they do today. I still find it hard to believe that I was so panicked in my own church home, but the transient nature of our communities and the evil that exists in the world make devices like these much more attractive then years ago. 

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NadineJ   9/23/2013 11:50:41 AM
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That's a good point Elizabeth.  From my understanding injectable GPS is no more invasive than a vaccine shot.  Although, that can be traumatic for many kids.

Culture has changed so much over the last few decades.  In the last, a stranger helping out a parent in a store or crowd was welcomed.  That's not as true today.  Having older siblings also helps younger kids stay close.  Kids see one another more easily than adults.  An older brother or sister can be a second set of eyes.  With birthrates falling in many countries, many couples only have one child. 

As I mentioned, it's widely available in the US.  I'm surprised that it's new in the Asian market.

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Re: Much better than a leash
BeLuvv   9/23/2013 6:13:38 AM
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Beluvv team do like the idea of TJ Mcdermott, the initial design spirit of Guardian is preventing kids from missing but the following step like training children not to wander too far maybe taken into consideration in the future. 

In addition, although the idea combining children safety and electrinic device is not a whole new concept,  we mainly focus on its distinct features such as comfortable material, fashionable design and easy to use. As the comment of Elizabeth,  the existing technology in this domain seems either harmful for children or inconvenient for parents, that is the reason Guardian comes out. 

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Re: Much better than a leash
Elizabeth M   9/23/2013 5:36:04 AM
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Ha, an educational shock! Now that's an idea, like we do with dogs. Well I suppose the same people who put leashes on children would be up for this. ;) All kidding aside, though, there could be some type of alert to let a child know he or she has wandered off...shock treatment might be a little drastic, though! ;)

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