Safety of the family has always been paramount and IoT has been a blessing for parents who prefer to be extra cautious about the whereabouts of their children. Wearables for kids is one of the hottest trends in IoT with a surefire market and has been identified as one of the key opportunities in the space of IoT gadgets.
But first generation devices focused exclusively on the promise to parents of tracking the whereabouts of their kids and helping assure safeguards. However, these devices were often an extension of technology made for adults or an extension of toys, resulting in products that were costly, frail and were not “kid-centric”. They could not hold up to the demands of the playground falls, the bathtub and were not interesting to kids; not something they would request for their birthdays. Many solutions in this space do not offer children a customized experience.
There are many key players in this space includinge market leaders as well as a plethora of startups. It and is expected to grow exponentially in the next couple of years, covering world-wide market segments in ages ranging from 3 to 9 or 10. Innovation in this area is across the space of safety, fun and education. Experts have pointed out that the IoT gadgets which provide solutions for real-life issues will be the focus of innovators in this space and will take precedence of IoT gadgets which focus on entertainment and education. But never-the-less, why limit the possibilities to one dimension? Aricent is committed to achieving innovation by streamlining the idea to product process through our Converged IoT solutions.
To enable rapid innovation in this area and foster a wide range of applications, form-factors, features and price-points across the globe and age segments, Aricent developed the Aricent ADAPTTM wearable platform which empower OEMs and service providers to quickly introduce wearables that children and caretakers will find attractive, affordable, reliable and fun.
There are a lot of key players in this space include market leaders as well as a plethora of startups and is expected to grow exponentially in the next couple of years. Innovation in this area is across the space of safety, fun and education.
Aricent solution to accelerate production of wearables for kids
Aricent is a global design and product services company and is known for its innovations in the IoT space. It has been recognized by Zinnov as a leader across several industries including Media and Entertainment.
Aricent recently announced the first release of Aricent ADAPT (Adaptable Technology) in partnership with Qualcomm. This platform will allow OEMs and service providers to quickly introduce wearables that children and caretakers will find attractive, affordable, reliable and fun. A key benefit of the platform is the ability to iterate new product variations and target different age segments, form factors and use cases.
Powered by the Snapdragon Wear 1100, the Aricent ADAPT 1100 wearable platform enables a low cost, low power solution for targeted purpose wearables. It supports GPS/A-GPS outdoor and indoor positioning tracking, two way LTE/3G voice and messaging, Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®, sensors for interactive gaming and fitness tracking, and a flexible set of software and hardware capabilities through the modular, scalable technology platform based on Linux. A variety of waterproof, robust form-factors are supported, including watches, bracelets, pendants, brooches, toys, bands and beyond. Various price-feature combinations can be supported via the same software foundation, leveraging the end user’s investment across a portfolio of products.
To turn OEM ideas into viable, reliable consumer products requires a spectrum of capabilities that must be orchestrated quickly to meet market windows. Aricent is a global design and product services company and is known for its productengineering innovations in the IoT space. It has been recognized by Zinnov as a leader across several industries including Media and Entertainment. Our Customer to ChipTM design services to enable complete product lifecycle capabilities. Aricent’s Converged IoT services, which provide end-to-end services from ideation, industrial design with Aricent’s frog group, to HW and embedded SW design, compliance, certification and interoperability testing services, and cloud and mobile apps development and product launch and sustenance, take ideas and turn them into commercial success.
Aricent can help OEMs deliver to successful market adoption their most creative solutions to capture the wave of exciting growth in this market with this approach to end-to-end product enablement. By imagining smart connected products specifically designed for children, and supporting them with technology that can enable the best possible experiences, Aricent ADAPT platform will encourage rapid innovation. And coupled with Aricent’s Customer to ChipTM services, OEMs can be confident that they will take these innovative ideas to market reliably and on time.
What’s next? By focusing on the specific needs and motivations of children and their caretakers, organizations can deliver a wearable experience for kids that are transformative for both businesses and the end users. But why stop there? This same ADAPT platform and Converged IoT Services can be extended to enable products for the elderly, healthcare, pets and other applications in ways limited only by imagination.