Haier has revealed its own attempt at the smartwatch concept, but one which has a specific purpose in mind. Revealed earlier this week at the IFA Global Press Conference, the unnamed device will allow for the wearer to be tracked and communicated with by a smartphone user, with it aimed at helping keep children as well as older members of society safe.
The watch has a basic display showing the time, date, battery, and signal power, with a single button and microUSB charging port on one side. Android Central reports owners can set safe areas the watch can be worn in within an accompanying mobile app, with notifications sent as soon as it strays into unsafe territory, such as a child leaving their home street or a school unexpectedly.
Communicating over cellular, the watch also includes a microphone and speaker, allowing parents to get in contact with their child when they do not have a phone available. The limited control options on the watch suggests the user will be restricted to contacting the designated owner's phone number, making it more practical to provide to children than a smartphone.
Haier expects to start selling the watch in Europe this September, priced at €99 ($108). An alternate version meant for seniors will also be available, at a more expensive €130 ($141).