For parents who want to keep a close eye on their young children, a tracking device is probably the best option on the market right now. It may sound like Black Mirror, but when it comes to child safety, parents will want the best options out there. Apparently Amazon has been working on its own kid tracker called Seeker that was supposed to have been released last year. But now leaks of the tracker have been leaked, as well as some details.
Amazon search engine of course it has GPS tracking, which is probably one of the most important components of a child tracker, if not the most important. It is intended for children ages 4-12, as most teens probably already have smartphones and tracking their teens is an entirely different conversation. The device is a bracelet, but it can also be worn on a keychain or clip. It would be voice activated, so Alexa is most likely in play here. It would also have things like two-day communication with parents, as well as access to Kids +.
According to some leaked documents about the device, Amazon came up with the idea for a child tracker in 2019. They originally planned to launch it commercially in 2020 but of course the pandemic happened so it was probably shelved. It would have wireless connectivity through a built-in cellular modem and would be priced at $ 99. Access of the year to Kids +, which costs $ 2.99 per month, was the added bonus.
Despite the leak, we do not know if Amazon plans to continue looking for the launch of this device. There is a global shortage of semiconductor chips that has delayed many device launches and has even led some OEMs to cancel products they are supposed to launch. So it’s very likely that Amazon will postpone or cancel something like this, which may very well be the destination for Amazon Fetch, a dog collar tag that they announced in September 2019.
In any case, there doesn’t seem to be a clamor for child tracking devices at the moment. Still, it would be interesting to see if Amazon finally decides to release this, as there is still a niche market for devices like this.