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The Omate x Nanoblock is a colourful smartwatch for kids

Keep track of the tykes at all times
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16 February 2018 / 12:31GMT
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Adults have all the fun. While we’re strolling around wearing smartwatches that track our step counts, receive phone calls and make us feel like we’re living in a sci-fi movie every time we pay for milk, most kids have to make do with dumb tickers plastered with cartoon characters or ponies. Understandably, there are serious security concerns about giving a child an internet-connected watch (so much so that Germany has banned it altogether) but Omate and Japanese toy-maker Nanoblock reckon theirs is the safest. While the adorable Omate x Nanoblock has built-in GPS so parents can keep a watchful eye on their little’uns at all times, it uses a Tata Communications Move - IoT Connect SIM, which apparently restricts all location, messaging and video calling data to an end-to-end encrypted virtual private network. This way, it can’t be intercepted. There’s two-way voice chat, a pedometer, a selfie cam and three-day battery life. Not bad. US pricing starts at $179 with a one year data plan, and the watch will go on sale in Europe in June.

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