These wristbands are actually simple mobile phones. (Tinitell Photo)
Kids don’t need the latest and great new iPhone. But a mobile device that lets parents call their children and keep track of their whereabouts can serve a number of purposes for families.
At least that’s what Tinitell is betting. The Stockholm-based startup makes simple wearable devices for kids that allow them to make and receive phone calls with up to 12 contacts and send GPS information that can be tracked with a mobile app. Kids wear the devices around their wrists so parents don’t have to worry about them getting lost.
“I came up with the idea for Tinitell when I was hanging out with a friend who is also a father,” says co-founder Mats Horn. “His son wanted to go outside and play, but he didn’t have a cell phone. He had lost a cell phone once before, and we didn’t feel like lending out our smartphones. Worst of all, we couldn’t join him outside because we were busy cooking dinner. His son ended up playing in his room with his iPad, and I thought that was sad.”
Tinitell wristbands allow parents to keep track of their kids with a mobile app. (Tinitell Photo)
Tinitell is currently in Seattle to work through the inaugural Alexa Accelerator, a new program that Amazon is running in partnership with Techstars. The accelerator supports early-stage companies developing technologies related to Amazon’s popular artificial intelligence and machine learning-powered voice platform.
We caught up with Horn for this Startup Spotlight, a regular GeekWire feature. Continue reading for his answers to our questionnaire.
Explain what you do so our parents can understand it: Tinitell creates simple, durable, wearable phones that help your family be there for each other, instead of giving kids distracting smartphones.
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