Mituwatch is Xiaomi’s new smartwatch in the offering. Xiaomi Vice President Liu De hinted only yesterday that the company will launch its first smartwatch in the second half of 2016. But the company took everybody by surprise and launched its first smartwatch today – ‘Mituwatch.’
However, there is a catch – it is not a smartwatch in the real sense and targets parents who want to keep a check on their child’s whereabouts. The kid’s smartwatch has started selling in China for approximately Rs. 3,900.
As is evident from the pictures, the Mituwatch is clearly designed keeping kids in minds. It boasts of bright colors and sports FDA approved silicone straps. It also flaunts an LED dot-matrix display. With built-in GPS and SOS buttons, the aim of the smartwatch is to help parents keep track of their children.
If there is an emergency, the kid would press the SOS button, which will activate a seven-second recording of an audio and send it to the parent’s smartphone along with the kid’s GPS location. Xiaomi is also bundling in a Mi phone card into the smartwatch with credit worth 10 Yuan. Basically, the card is for the data that will be used up for sending GPS coordinates.
At 18.9 x 4.0 x 1.5 cm and just 30 grams, the smartwatch isn’t bulky at all. It comes with a 300 mAh battery which the company claims is good enough to last up to six days.
Concerning connectivity, it features Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GLONASS. It’s compatible with phones running Android 4.2 and above and also iOS 8 and above. It supports voice calling as well.
The smartphone app for parents also comes with some features that will help to keep a track of their kids. One feature allows the parents to set up a secure zone, and if the kid were to venture out of it, the smartwatch will send across a notification. Another feature lets parents add up to 12 contacts who will all be informed if the kid is in an emergency.