We’ve seen wearables for kids in the past, some of them with an educational slant, others designed solely for parents to track their whereabouts. The newest kid-friendly wearable is a mixture of both those things, and comes from Chinese company Tencent. The QQ Watch is colorful and styled in such a way that it resembles a legitimate smartwatch, though the wearable isn’t as functional as something the child’s parent may be wearing.
The QQ Watch appears to come in a couple design flavors, both of which sport a 128 x 128-resolution 1.12 inch display and an IP65 rating — something necessary for a device that is going to be used exclusively by kids. In addition, it has a dedicated SOS button, nodding toward the safety features commonly found on kids’ wearables.
There’s an integrated 2G cellular radio for connectivity when out and about, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity for when at home or school. GPS allows for tracking, and the inclusion of cellular triangulation and Wi-Fi technology make the signal more accurate than GPS alone would provide. There’s WeChat support for sending messages, and a 0.3 megapixel camera.
The integrated battery, finally, brings a run time of up to five days per charge. It is juiced back up using a magnetic charger. How much the smartwatch will cost hasn’t yet been revealed, but availability is pegged for October in China, and later on this year for everywhere else.