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Xiaomi’s smartwatch for children only costs $50

We've seen smartwatches for kids before, but never any as inexpensive as the Xiaomi M Bunny.

Published onMay 2, 2016

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Smartwatches are a natural fit for the modern kid. After all, GPS location makes it easy to pinpoint a lost child, and since the device is strapped to their wrist, concerns about them losing a pricey piece of tech are lessened. We’ve seen smartwatches for kids before, but never at this price. The Xiaomi M Bunny goes for 299 yuan, which is just less than fifty bucks.

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So what all do you get for the Ulysses S. Grant that you’ll fork over to receive this cutesy wearable? Well, the M Bunny allows parents to set up a virtual fence, and if the child wearing it wanders outside of that perimeter, the smartwatch will send a notification to the parents’ phones. The device can send and receive voice calls, and it even has a panic “SOS” button that immediately sends out the child’s GPS location along with seven seconds of audio in case there is an emergency.

xiaomi m bunny child smartwatch

This smartwatch has a soft strap made of silicone and uses an LED dot matrix to render a variety of Tamagotchi-esque emoticons and a time display. It has many capabilities that you would expect from a regular watch, including waterproofing and basic alarm clock capabilities. The 300mAh battery and low resource demand mean that the M Bunny can survive 6 days on a single charge if used minimally.

We don’t have any word regarding a US release of this device yet, but this nation of helicopter parenting may prove to be an ample market for products like the Xiaomi M Bunny. Considering Xiaomi has a US storefront where it sells various accessories, the idea of it coming stateside isn’t too crazy. Let us know what you think of this affordable, kid-friendly smartwatch in the comments below.