Sometimes, the best things in life come from South Korea. Okay, we’ve made that expression up, but the AKI smartwatch certainly makes a case for it.
This new kid’s smartwatch is seriously smart and looks great to boot. It’s also loaded with unique features and comes with an impressive hardware spec sheet.
AKI is a kid’s smartwatch, but you might not think it. It has a rugged aluminium frame, a durable silicone band and IP68 water resistance rating. The design is minimalist and sleek, with smooth surfaces and a round display. The 1.2” AMOLED screen is protected by Gorilla Glass and is engineered to be super-responsive.
It’s unclear what software AKI runs, but we do know it runs on a Samsung Exynos 7 (7270) SoC. This is the very same chipset you’ll find in the Samsung Gear S3 range. It’s a proven chipset that offers speedy performance.
AKI is made by Naver Labs, a South Korean technology company who specialise in location and mobility trackers. They’ve developed a new high-accuracy WiFi positioning system (WPS) that guarantees accuracy indoors.
The AKI smartwatch is the first consumer device to benefit from the technology, allowing parents to accurately track their kid’s location underground, in high-rises and in big cities where signals usually bounce around, resulting in lost signal.
Security and voice calls
In addition to its impressive location tracking capabilities, AKI takes VoLTE calls and comes with CLOVA, a personal assistant service developed by Naver.
For hardware security, AKI has ARM TrustZone which is a System on Chip (SoC) and CPU system-wide security system. It isolates the hardware and splits computer resources to keep everything secure. Users can also set a password or PIN for the smartwatch. This requires the user to sign in to access its functionality.
Pricing and availability
AKI is on sale right now in South Korea. No pricing information has been announced and we wouldn’t want to speculate. If it costs around 111,160.00 South Korean won - around $100.00 - it will definitely do well in the US should it make its way over here.