Omate x Nanoblock Smartwatch With Emergency SOS Feature Launched Officially

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Smartwatch maker Omate has teamed up with Tata Communications to announce its new “Omate x Nanoblock” smartwatch for kids with enhanced security features. The wearable comes with an adorable design, with small plastic blocks like LEGO on the band. The Omate x Nanoblock offers a bunch of simple features such as an alarm, pedometer and stopwatch. The highlight of the device is the security features such as SOS alerts, two-way voice and video chatting and location tracking. It is mainly designed to help parents keep track of their kids and communicate with them on the go.

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The watch allows two-way chat for parents to communicate with their children and the child can also send an SOS alert in an emergency. The smartwatch likewise features a front-facing camera, which can be used for video calls and as well taking selfie snapshots.

The smartwatch also provides location-based services so that the watch (and child) can be found using a companion mobile app. Omate says the smartwatch triangulates the location using the GPS, cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots.

All this is possible with Omate x Nanoblock’s built-in Tata Communication’s MOVE IoT Connect SIM offering 3G connectivity. The company also said all the location, messaging, and video calling data is encrypted end-to-end over a virtual private network (VPN).

“Given the growing threat of cyber-crime, any device or application aimed at children must be safeguarded with the highest levels of security,” Laurent Le Pen, Omate’s founder and CEO said.

"What sets the 'Omate x Nanoblock' apart from other smartwatches is the extra security layer provided by the global private network of Tata Communications MOVE-IoT Connect,” he added.

The company also revealed that Omate x Nanoblock comes with 3-day battery life and charges using a magnetic charger when necessary. The watch will be available in both black and white colours. The company plans to showcase the kids' smartwatch at upcoming Mobile World Congress.

The Omate x Nanoblock will be available for pre-order in April on the official website and shipping is set to start in June 2018 exclusively for the US and in Europe markets. The watch starts at $179, which includes a year of service and data.

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