Why doesn't the Octopus Watch have GPS tracking?

We made the decision not to provide GPS. Adding a GPS chip would be not enough. We would also need to add a cellular chip (GSM/3G or 4G) to broadcast the GPS coordinates, which some 3 major concerns:

 

  1.  The watch will emit a lot of radio-frequencies (basically like a cell phone), and some parents are reluctant to put the technology of a cell phone on the wrist of their little child because of the radio frequencies emitted. *
  2.  The watch would need an additional SIM card from your carrier (additional cost).
  3.  The watch would be bigger and would not be comfortable for younger children.

 

*We’re not in the position to know if exposure to electromagnetic radiation poses health risks to children's developing bodies.


However, in May 2011, the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced it was classifying electromagnetic fields from mobile phones and other sources as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" and advised the public to adopt safety measures to reduce exposure, like use of hands-free devices or texting.


Plus, several nations have advised moderate use of mobile phones for children. A journal by Gandhi et al. in 2006 states that children receive higher levels of SAR. When 5- and 10- year-olds are compared to adults, they receive about 153% higher SAR levels. Also, with the permittivity of the brain decreasing as one gets older and the higher relative volume of the exposed growing brain in children, radiation penetrates far beyond the mid-brain. (Source: Wikipedia)


SAR is a measure of the rate of RF (radiofrequency) energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a cell phone.