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Wearable technology could help lost kids find their parents in busy public events

Whether you’re headed to Mardi Gras or another festival or attraction, wearables can help find children in a crowd.

Although wearable technology has been primarily focused on issues such as health and fitness tracking as well as call and text alerts, it is now being speculated that these devices might also become very popular among parents who want to make sure their kids can find their way back again if they should wander off in a crowd.

This is good news for parents who will be bringing little ones to the Mardi Gras celebrations, this year.

That said, wearable technology’s benefit for helping scared and lost children to find their parents, once again, is hardly limited to the Carnival season. As events start to become more common over the spring and summer, the need to keep track of kids and to give them a way to be safely returned to parents will only become more important. In this way, parents will not only be able to keep track of event locations, concert schedules, parade routes, and festival maps, but they’ll also bring young ones back to parents again.

This use for wearable technology will be important for helping families to keep calm and to stick together.

Wearable Technology - Mardi GrasWhile many events – including Mardi Gras – are designed to be exceptionally family friendly, when such a large number of people are all milling about in the same location, it takes only a split second before family members can become separated from each other. Moreover, it takes only a few feet of distance before another person can become impossible to see from among all the rest of the people in the crowd, particularly with so many other distracting, colorful and exciting things going on all around. Parents are now using wearables to make it possible for little ones to send an alert to the smartphones of their parents when they’re lost or scared, without having to find a phone of their own.

This is being accomplished through gadgets such as the GizmoPal 2, which is made by LG and that runs on the Verizon network. It employs GPS and wearable technology that will allow children press a button to access two-way communication with their parents.

Indian mobile phone market share belonging to LG set to rise

The South Korean electronics company is expecting to double its share in the country in 2015.

LG Electronics has announced that it now expects that its mobile phone market share will double in size by the end of the year when it comes to the penetration that it has achieved within India.

This will allow the company’s share of the smartphone market to reach 10 percent by the close of the year.

According to Deepak Jasrotia, the head of LG Electronics’ India business, “Our target is to double the market share in the mobile phone segment to 10 percent from the current four to five percent.” This, following the launch of the LG G4 high end smartphone in Mumbai, last week. At that time, it also said that it has every expectation that it will be able to meet those projected targets, particularly upon examining the rapid rise of smartphone adoption within India, at the moment.

India is the only mobile phone market where smartphone shipments are expected to increase over the next few years.

Mobile Phone Market - India & LG ElectronicsThis, according to the Worldwide Quarterly mobile Phone Tracker results from the International Data Corporation (IDC). Clearly, India is an extremely important marketplace for this type of mobile technology, at the moment, as the rest of the world is expecting its smartphone shipments to level off or even reduce in their growth figures.

At the moment, it is estimated that the smartphone shipments in India will be rising to 13.29 percent by 2019. This, in comparison with the 2015 figures, which is forecasted to be 7.61 percent.

On LG’s side of things, the company believes that it will be selling more than 100,000 units of its LG G4 in India alone, this year, said Jasrotia. The launch price of that particular device is Rs. 51,000 (approx US $800). That said, the electronics manufacturer offers devices that start at a much lower rate of Rs 10,000 (about US $155), which will be an important factor in growing its mobile phone market share. Of all of the devices that LG sells in India, Jasrotia pointed out that mobile is currently making up about 10 percent of its total revenues, there.