The latest in GPS wristwatches is the Leo. Yes, it’s a GPS tracking device, just like the other wristwatches we’ve reported on. It’s designed to be worn by children, which is also nothing new. There are numerous GPS trackers available for kids, whether worn on the wrist or placed in a backpack. However, this watch is different as the watch is purported to be extremely difficult for the child to remove.
Jason Sullivan, the inventor of the Leo and owner of Guardian Lion, explains the GPS watch sports a locking mechanism , which is optional, as well as a tamper-proof strap. The locking mechanism is made from “titanium-woven steel” and is said to super tough. How tough? Well, they say you would need to use bolt cutters to remove the watch if it is locked.
A mobile app is used by the parent, which sends a signal to the Leo. The Leo then transmits its location back to the app. If the child wearing the watch gets into trouble, there is a panic button they can press which sends a text message to contacts the parents have specified during setup such as parents or other caregivers. Not only are the parents notified, the Leo places a call to 911 as well. If the child wanders outside of the predetermined area or enters a forbidden area, the watch can also alert to this. The Leo will even tell you when the vehicle your child is riding in or driving exceeds the speed limit.
It hasn’t been elaborated on by the company, but they also claim this watch operates as a phone. On the Leo Wristwatch website, a picture of the watch’s face clearly shows “SEND” and “END” call buttons, but no where on the site can you get more information about the functionality of these buttons. He does, however, talk about the fact this watch is a cell phone on an episode of Ricki Lake.
Guardian Lion is currently trying to drum up investors for the Leo on Indiegogo. To this end, they are offering anyone who pledges at least $119 one of the first Leo watches. Even on this fund raising web page, the picture of the watch is shown without any mention as to what exactly these call buttons do. There is even a “cellular signal” indicator pictured. Another point to mention, raised by Technabob writer Lambert Varias: included among the banners of media endorsers of the watch are Reuters and Engadget. However, after extensive digging, the author could find no press coverage of the Leo. He warns readers to think before they invest, which is sound advice in today’s age of “the next big thing” in the world of GPS devices.