Taiwanese developer Johnny Fong is familiar with the panic that engulfs a parent who loses a child in a huge crowd. After losing his son briefly in a shopping mall, Mr Fong decided to look for ways to keep children connected to their parents.
Mr Fong partnered with two entrepreneurs to set up tech startup BeLuvv and its Guardian app.
According to Oni Chen, co-founder of BeLuvv, the Guardian app helps parents to track their children, who may be wandering off somewhere.
Notably, the Guardian app functions with a Bluetooth-enabled radio chip that is integrated within a small, wearable tag. Acting like the parent’s second set of eyes, the device can be worn as necklace, bracelet or buckle pinned to the child’s clothing.
The app tracks the whereabouts of the child once he or she is within the Bluetooth range. It also notifies parents if he or she is nearing the tracking boundary.
Guardian has been designed to establish a network of parents, which grows even stronger as more parents join. Each copy of the app is connected to central servers; when a child leaves a parent’s phone range, the cloud-based system signals a network search. Parents also receive an alert every time his or her child is near another person who is likewise armed with the Guardian app.
To help needy families, BeLuvv plans to donate one Guardian app for every two Guardian apps purchased.
“We believe that the more we sell, the more good we should do for society,” said Mr Chen.
Guardian can be pre-ordered for US$24.95, with shipping expected to begin by the end of November.