08. 28. 2009
LoJack for Your Child
If you're a parent, you know that you can't be with your children 24/7. So how do you safe guard them against the ever looming threat of stranger danger? Thanks to the geniuses over at Amber Alert GPS, parental units everywhere can breath a little easier with the release of the Amber Alert GPS 2G.
The 2G version of the Amber Alert GPS is being billed as "the world’s smallest, most powerful GPS tracking device." Now if your child wanders off or something more serious is afoot, you can simply call or text the 2G and you receive a detail map of their location to your phone within seconds. One feature that sets this tracker apart from others on the market is the new bread crumbing feature that creates an accurate trail of your child's travels. Another nifty feature is the Safe Zone feature that allows parents to create an area where it's safe for the kids to be in --kind of like a digital fence for juinior.
The Amber Alert GPS 2G comes in four colors including silver, black, pink and blue. While it seems like a solid piece of tech, I think the biggest problem will be entrusting it to your kids. In order for the beacon to work it needs to be on your child's person and we all know how things can get lost in the sauce when an excited, distracted, or forgetful child is added to the equation. Guardians have the option of placing the unit in pockets, backpacks, or purses -- they can even attach it to wrists and ankles with a bracelet. But short of tagging your kid like one of the endangered animals you see on Animal Planet, I'm not too confident in a child's ability to keep up with the device.
The tracker might be small, but it's definitely going to give parents and guardians a big hit in the wallet. The unit by itself is $379. In addition to the device purchase, conscientious parents will also have to cough up a monthly fee to keep track of the little ones. An three year premium plan costs $48.99 a month and comes with all the bells and whistles while a three year unlimited plan and basic plan are $39.99 and $9.99 a month respectively. But when it comes to the safety of our children, it's a small price to pay.