Consumer Electronics Show 2004


We have to start somewhere, so let's begin with this tiny portable device from Wherify.

Inside this little package is a GPS receiver, a cell phone and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Wherify has made a name for itself with products that use GPS technology to help you keep track of your kids. If your child is wearing a Wherify device, you can go to the Wherify Web site and see your child's current location on a map (and do all sorts of other things).

This new device contains a GPS receiver to support that basic Wherify capability. The new part (besides the incredibly small size that allows you to wear it as a pendant) is the fact that it contains a simple cell phone, as well. The cell phone offers only two numbers:

  • 911
  • Any single phone number that you wish to program in

When the wearer has a problem, he/she can push one of the two buttons to make a call and get help. The pendant acts as a tiny speaker phone.

Battery life from the internal battery is expected to be about 70 hours. When this product is released, the price is expected to be somewhere in the area of $150, with monthly fees starting somewhere in the $10 to $15 range depending on usage.

For more information, visit the Wherify Web site.