IoT now: KiGo, the child finder
KiGo’s creator, Erik Recter, came up with this product because of something that happened in his own family. His niece was lost in the mountains and there was no way to track her. A real life nightmare. So he decided to create a product to help in these situations. Mark Vels is the chief product officer and was willing to take us through the various development stages of this product.
The watch itself is a standalone product that communicates through a smartphone app. The watch lets parents see where their child is, the child can send an emergency message and the parent can send messages to the watch too. All of this is done through icons so the watch can be used by children of all ages. With the sim on chip the KiGo uses the same network as your mobile phone. Locating happens through GSM(2G/3G), GPS and wifi services to ensure the best coverage possible with the hardware they have. Hardware was one of the biggest challenges for the product. Because it’s a product for children everything must be small, lightweight and sturdy. Oh, and preferably affordable too! It was very interesting to hear about the decisions they made in the process of getting the KiGo from an idea to the actual product.