POMO House, a Thai-owned global family technology company, has joined Kickstarter to launch its fourth generation Kid’s smartwatch, the POMO Waffle.
The new watch for parents to monitor their kids offers more than 15 protection, social, and real-time conversational capabilities tailored to teaching children ages five and up the fundamentals of wearable technology and creative tools. It allows parents to easily monitor and stay connected to their kids, POMO House said in a press statement. Early birds can pre-order the watch at Kickstart for just US$99. According to the press statement, the POMO Waffle is completely customisable and is available in a variety of colors that can be personalized with additional ‘toppings’ and over 15 cartoon character designs to suit any personality. Parents or children candraw their own image or select a character from the group, and use their creations as the design of the watch face.
Kids can easily send emoticon sticker messaging and perform group chats, play time and step count exercise tracking. Parents will be able to access a suite of safety features like the Smart Locator (instant GPS tracking of a child’s location), ‘Take Me Home’ (offering live navigation home) and an SOS alert from a child in an emergency situation. POMO Waffle is even appealing to teachers, offering an “In-Class Mode” to prevent distracting peers when in use, the statement added.
“As parents ourselves, safety and security are at the core of every product we create. We named the company POMO House combining Pop and Mom, and that personal connection drives every element of our product creation process,” the statement quoted Chatchai Tang, CEO of POMO House, as saying. “We’re so excited to introduce a new, and easy way for all parents and kids to stay connected in a fun way, and to make learning fun for a new generation.” Founded by a team of parents, the POMO Waffle is the latest product to come from the brand, following a “smart” thermometer, POMO Bebe, and earlier watches including the R2, Moji and Rainbow Series.
“In 2015 alone, the number of lost children hit 1M in the U.S., 460k in Asia and 250k throughout Europe, and as a mother I know the constant stress of worrying about whether your child is safe,” said Supreeya Kanikananta, SVP of Marketing at POMO House. “The Waffle gives parents a new way to stay connected in real time, and offers a new peace of mind during the times they have to be apart from their families.”
The POMO Waffle is available now on Kickstarter starting at $99, with an overall campaign goal of $50,000. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pomohouse/1892013298?token=13e84a2e
POMO WAFFLE Key Features:
– My Watch: POMO Waffle is completely customizable, allowing kids to express their personalities with over 15 cartoon designs to choose from. Simply swap out the face of the watch to a character of your choosing. Kids can also use their imagination to create a personalized watch face by drawing on the screen.
– Take Me Home: Add important locations like home and school so POMO Waffle can give directions wherever they need it
– Voice Calling: With VOIP parents and kids can call each other from anywhere in world free of change
– Watch Off Alarm: Receive notifications when kids take off the watch or when watch is running out of batteries
– SOS: POMO Waffle keeps safety at the forefront by allowing kids to ask for help when needed. When feature is activated, parents will receive a call and their child’s current location
– Safe Zone: POMO Waffle enables parents to establish a safe zone for their children, and notifies them when users leave the designated area for ultimate security. The user’s location will always be tracked through a combination of WiFi, GPS and LBS technology
– Exercise Tracker: Track steps and active play time to promote a healthy lifestyle for development.
– Voice Messaging & Emoticon Stickers: POMO Waffle encourages children to communicate and express themselves by sending messages and stickers to other users throughout the day
– Materials: Non-toxic food grade silicone that is both wear-resistant, scratchproof, and waterproof
– Styles: White, Blue, Black and Pink
– BFF (Best Friend Forever): POMO Waffle encourages socializing by allowing kids to add five friends to the “Best Friends Feature” and easily connect through real-time calls and voice messaging.