It’s strange — it still feels like we’re in this space where smart watches haven’t quite become a thing — perhaps because they by and large haven’t turned out to be standalone devices. Well, some of the ambiguity is gone, now — if there are kids versions coming out, then it’s safe to say the smart watch has arrived.
Kidizoom, from VTech, is a 1.4″ touchscreen smart watch made just for kids. The watch, which will debut at the 2014 American International Toy Fair, is more or less in the right place. It’s a toy, which is good, because kids probably don’t need wristwatch Internet communicators anyway. There are no online capabilities here, but kids will be able to use Kidizoom to take photos, videos, and voice recordings. So, no Internet, but your kid’s spy career can definitely get off to a solid start.
There are some fun editing options and frames for photos and videos that kids can play with, along with a few preloaded games. This is all in a kid-friendly, tough rubberized skin, and the watch is rechargeable using a USB connection.
Kidizoom will be available sometime this year for $50.