Sure, the annual Consumer Electronics Week show in New York City featured the latest automotive advances and fun gadgets, like a drone for taking selfies. But what really stood out at this year’s event, held on the 20th and 21st of June, was the number of tech products tailored for families. They included Aura, a digital picture frame that lets the entire family upload photos from their phones (even grandma who lives across the country), as well as ARIA, a suite of interactive augmented-reality educational games. Here is one of the family products that stood out.
B’ZT Washable Tracking Shirts
B’ZT’s unassuming shirts for children might look like other types, but they are equipped with a tracking device. The goal is to help parents keep tabs on their kids so they don’t get lost. The tracker is synced with a smartphone app. When the child strays too far away from the parent’s phone, the parent gets an alert in the form of an alarm or vibration. The app is connected to Google Maps; a green circle appears on the screen when the child is nearby, and a red one when she is more than 30 meters away.
The shirts are machine washable and could be especially beneficial when kids are on a field trip. The shirts can assist parents in amusement parks, or any place where it’s easy to get separated from the group. The tracker’s battery lasts for up to 10 months. The shirts retail for US $39 to $74, depending on the design. Sold separately for $25 are patches embedded with the tracker, which can be sewn onto any item of clothing.
Check out our shirts and our tracking device for kids here!