The LG GizmoGadget and LG GizmoPal, as is the case with a number of other kid smartwatches, are designed with cellular connectivity so that kids can call their parents. Many adults believe that technology such as smartwatches with cellular connectivity are "adult" gadgets that are depriving children of their childhood, but sometimes, technology can be a lifesaver -- even for children. The latest news story finds a 9-year-old boy who was able to get help by way of his LG GizmoGadget.
The 9-year-old boy was walking to a friend's house in Saratoga Springs, Utah, when a man grabbed him, pulled him into the car, and said "You're coming with me, little boy." The boy noticed that the man was driving at a pretty fast pace through a grocery store parking lot, and that's when he decided to make a run for it and escape the vehicle. Once he jumped out of the car and ran to a safe place, he called his dad using his LG GizmoGadget smartwatch. His dad, Jimmy Green, came to his aid, and he and the boy went straight to the police. The attempted kidnapper has still not been caught and is on the loose.
Jimmy Green was amazed at his kid's courage in the face of such a scary kidnapping, and the boy credits his LG GizmoGadget smartwatch as his lifesaver. His parents taught him how to use it, and he says that it is the reason why he's been reunited with his family. The LG GizmoGadget costs $149.99 (the GizmoPal $79.99, with $5 a month for calls and texts). Kid watches are on the rise, with [the DokiWatch], [Alcatel OneTouch Caretime], [Omate Wherecom K3], the [$59 Xiaomi Mi Bunny Smartwatch]6, and the Octopus Smartwatch are just a few kid wearables in this space trying to get kids aboard the technology train.
Not all children will find themselves in these types of situations, but it's nice to know that technology can be seen as a help to children instead of a harm. Had the 9-year-old boy had no way of contacting anyone, who knows how this story would have turned out.