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.
While 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.