Watchu is some next level tech. It’s the sort of thing me and my friends would pretend existed when we were kids in some sci-fi make believe game.
Watchu is a combined phone, watch, pedometer and location tracking device for your young kids, all packaged up in a cute pink (or blue, or green) wristwatch. At age 6, this would have been something from Buck Rogers or Blake’s Seven.
It looks great. The watch comes with a charger lead (like an android phone charger lead), sim card and instructions. The watch uses a sim card for calls, GPS and to transmit data to an app which you’ll need to install onto your own phone or tablet. You can then use this app to track the phone, and you can call it like any other phone. The watch has a speaker and mic built in so it can be used as a normal phone!
We were sent through a pink Watchu for Jenny to try out. This included the sim needed to run the phone along with £3 credit and instructions on how to set it all up.
Peace of Mind
The Watchu display is bright and easy to read. There are three buttons to change the display, cycle through contacts and a panic button too. The wearer of the watch can’t phone just anybody. They can either press the panic button to call the main contact, or cycle through and call someone on their pre-approved contact list. The admin (parent) chooses who is on that list, and who the primary emergency contact is through their app.
Jenny, as you’d expect, thinks this is awesome. Yesterday, in the park, she’d cycled off just as we were deciding to go and get some ice creams. I gave her a quick call to her watch, and you could see her beaming smile at talking to her daddy through her tech!
But there’s a more serious side to why this is a good thing to have. As a parent, you would have had anxiety nightmares too about your child getting lost, or worse. Watchu provides peace of mind against this. It can show you, in real time, the location of the Watchu wearer. It also provides the option, through the app, to track where the Watchu has been that day!
I’m giving Watchu a hefty double thumbs up for a number of reasons. First off, Jenny loves it. It doesn’t look babyish. The pink, soft look made it something that she was happy to wear. Secondly, once it’s linked up, it works like a charm. The app is a little clunky at time, but once you’re clear with the navigation, the features are impressive. Finally, the safety aspect. When Jenny has this on, I’m far happier that I’ll be able to find her / contact her if she should wander.
The Watchu kids watch is available in bubblegum blue, grasshopper green or princess pink. While it costs, £119.99, Watchu currently has an offer to buy one, get a second half price. There’s also a Watchu Guardian for elderly / vulnerable people, and 1 year accidental damage cover. Impressive!