Device makers seem to think that smartwatches are the next big thing — plenty of companies had watches and other wearable devices to show off at CES this year. Now kid-tech company VTech wants in on the action.

The company has unveiled a new smartwatch aimed at children  between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.

vtech kidizoom

The VTech Kidizoom watch has a 1.4 inch color, touchscreen display, support for 20 different watch faces, a 0.3MP camera for snapping photos or shooting videos, a voice recorder, and a few educational games.

It’s not clear just how much anyone needs a kid-friendly smartwatch. The watches being marketed at grown-ups these days tend to be companions for smartphones, letting you view notifications and other information at a glance without taking your phone out of your pocket. I don’t get the feeling there’s a pressing need for that in the kid set.

On the other hand, the Kidizoom smartwatch is expected to be cheap, so it might not matter if it’s about as practical as the toy lawn mower you bought your kid last year. VTech plans to launch the watch later this year for £40, which is about $65 US.

via Pocket Lint and GizMag

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2 replies on “VTech Kidizoom smartwatch is for kids (for some reason)”

  1. Not sure what makes this a “smart watch”. Watches with cameras and/or video games in them have been around for years. Does it at least tether itself to the parent’s phone so they know when their kid gets too far away?

  2. the only reason i can think of or a smart watch is to quickl show me who’s calling my cell phone and provide a quick way to check or answer a phone call before having to dig my big slab phone out of my pocket: a huge hassle when I’m driving.

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