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CES 2009: GPS wristwatch for children

UK firm launches GPS location tracking watch

GPS watch from PA

A GPS locator device designed to be worn, rather than carried, by children will go on sale in the UK in March, its manufacturer said yesterday.

Concerned parents will be able to receive text or email updates, accurate to within 10ft, of their child’s location.

Nu.M8, thought to be the world’s first GPS locator device specifically designed to be worn by children, is concealed within a digital watch.

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It can be securely fastened to a child’s wrist and will trigger an alert if forcibly removed.

GPS locator

Parents who text “wru”, or click “where r you” on the secure website, will be able to see the child’s location on Google maps and the street address and postcode will also be displayed.

So-called “safe zones” can also be set up in which children can play safely and an alert will be sent to the parent’s mobile phone and computer if the child strays out of that area.

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The watch, which will go on sale in March, is expected to cost £149.99, with a standard monthly subscription fee of £9.99.

Steve Salmon, chief executive of Lok8u, the firm launching the watch, said: “Nu.M8 gives parents the reassurance of knowing where their children are, anytime, anywhere.

CES 2009 show launch

“Hopefully in using this product girls and boys can now be given the similar freedom to play outside that I enjoyed as a child.”

He said the overriding aim of the watch was “to give children their freedom and parents peace of mind”.

The watch will be launched this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which runs from Thursday to Sunday.

© Press Association 2009

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