AT&T and FILIP Technologies Team up to Bring FILIP Smartphone Watch for Kids (video) (Press Release)
Filip is a basic version of a smartwatch for children. Instead of being all things to all people, it’s designed to be one specific thing to small children, namely a phone to reach their parents, a tracking device and an alarm button.
Need their location? It’ll tell you with a simple click, using GPS, cell tower triangulation, and WiFi networks nearby to get as precise a fix as possible. The phone is a GSM device, so it’s got a lot of coverage, and you can even set “safezones” for them.
Filip, made of durable plastic, comes in various bright colors and is designed to stay secure on your child’s wrist. It’s also designed to only emit radio waves when in use, and direct radio energy away from your child.
Pricing has not been revealed, but Filip will be available for the holidays.
Check out the video and full press release…
to keep parents and kids in touchFiLIP, a Wearable Locator and Voice Watch for Kids,
Designed to Meet the Safety and Communication Needs of AT&T Customers
DALLAS, Oct. 7, 2013– AT&T* and Filip Technologies today announced they are bringing FiLIP, a wearable device for the wrist that keeps parents and kids in touch at the push of a button, to the U.S. market in the coming months. Under an agreement with Filip Technologies, AT&T is the exclusive network provider for FiLIP and will provide distribution and billing services for the product.
“FiLIP is exactly the type of device for which we formed the Emerging Devices team at AT&T. Filip Technologies is taking wearable device innovation in a new direction – going beyond the smart watch to solve a real problem for parents and make their lives easier,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility.
FiLIP focuses only on the features that parents want – location, voice calling, and direct messaging to their child. The parent remains in control at all times through an app on their smartphone, including the designation of five trusted contacts with whom the child can communicate. FiLIP also allows parents to set Safe Zones, triggering a notification if the child enters or leaves a designated area, and features an intelligent emergency procedure to locate the child and put them in touch with family if needed. FiLIP was granted FCC certification in July.
“Our goal with FiLIP has been to create a product that empowers kids to explore their world while remaining in touch with those who care about them the most,” said Jonathan Peachey, CEO of Filip Technologies. “With their extensive wireless coverage, commitment to innovation and excellent customer care, AT&T is the ideal carrier to help us bring FiLIP to the U.S. market.”
Additional details on pricing and service plans will be available in the coming months.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
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About Filip Technologies
Filip Technologies develops products and services designed to keep families in touch. Its products combine the two most important elements in family mobile offerings – communication and safety. The company’s flagship product, FiLIP, is the world’s first smart locator and voice watch for kids. Previewed to rave reviews at CES 2013, its patent-pending technology combines cellular voice with geo-location capability in a device small enough to be worn on the wrist. Founded in 2010 by Sten Kirkbak after he briefly lost track of his young son Filip in a shopping mall, Filip Technologies is privately held with offices in London, U.K., New York, NY and Raleigh, NC. For more information please visit www.myfilip.com, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
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