Omate has been known for releasing full-blown Android (not Android Wear, but the mobile Android OS as we know it on smartphones) on its smartwatches, and the company has had its share of success with releasing smartwatches with 3G connectivity for both Android and iOS users that frees them from smartphone tethering. Well, the company is now back to strike again in the kid world with a 3G smartwatch just for kids that won’t break the bank.
Called the Omate Wherecom K3, this kid smartwatch features Omate’s 3G connectivity and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop (yes, the OS update that’s likely on your Android smartphone at the moment). The Omate Wherecom K3 features a 1.54 thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal diode (LCD) display with a 320 x 320 screen resolution on a colorful screen that doesn’t need e-ink to conserve battery life (this is why Pebble finally moved on to a color screen in the Pebble Time while ditching the e-ink display of the original Pebble and Pebble Steel). It’s a capacitive touch screen, meaning that your children can tap and swipe as they would on your smartphone, but the Wherecom K3 is wrapped in polycarbonate plastic so as to maintain the smartwatch’s durability over time.
In keeping in step with current smartwatches, the Wherecom K3 features a 20mm removable wristband that lets you swap it out for new ones as you and your child desire, helping them to even match their wristband with their outfit. To make calls and receive them, the Wherecom K3 comes with a microphone and loud speaker as well so that you can hear them – and they can hear you – when you call. A pedometer records their steps, while a battery reserve helps them know when their battery is soon to run out, GPS lets you know where they are, and children who find themselves in an emergency situation can press the SOS button to get ahold of their contacts located on the watch.
For all this functionality, we know what you’re thinking: the price is out of sight. Fortunately, that isn’t the case: the Omate Wherecom K3 will cost just $130 when it goes live. Keep in mind that Omate has designed the Wherecom K3 for 6-10-year-olds, but we’re sure that even some 5-year-olds may want to get ahold of this early.