This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Carmate, a manufacturer of driving recorders, has released a GPS tracker for kids "coneco" that can send and receive messages. It is priced at 19,800 yen (tax included). It is available on the company's online store.
This product is equipped with a function that allows parents or guardians to check their child's location on a map with a special application installed on their smartphones. It also has a function to notify when a child arrives at a pre-registered location or when it detects the movement of a child by transportation.
Products with these features already exist, but this product not only uses GPS and a special app to "watch over your child" but also displays messages on a 2.9-inch electronic paper, which is a selling point.
Specifically, the coneco can register up to 10 arbitrary text messages via smartphone, allowing you to send and receive messages such as "The bus is running late" or "The bus will be arriving soon, please wait for me."
In addition to supporting the LTE-M standard for IoT, which allows communication with less power, it is IPX3 waterproof, and can be charged with a USB Type-C cable.
The app works on smartphones running Android 6.0 and iOS 11 or higher, but requires a monthly usage fee of 480 yen with a credit card. The size of the device is 43x106x16mm and weighs 64g.
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