Omate's Wherecom S3 smartwatch wants to keep senior citizens safe

3G enabled smartwatch can send out SOS call, and count steps...
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Omate, the company behind the K3 smartwatch for kids, is now turning its attention to the other end of the age spectrum with the Wherecom S3 smartwatch.

Much like the K3, the S3 is an Android powered, 3G packing smartwatch that works untethered from your smartphone. It also doubles as a GPS tracker.

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The concept is very similar to the kids smartwatch where Omate is partnering with Monitorlinq to offer advanced location and alert services so you can keep a closer eye on the senior and more vulnerable members of your family.

Features on the skinned version of Android are kept to a minimum with a dialler, message hub and alarm reminder to alert users about taking medication included. There's also a built-in pedometer and a one-click SOS button, which will notify contacts over Wi-Fi or 3G about the GPS location of the user.

Triangulating a location takes advantage of the onboard GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi hotspots to ensure it delivers the most accurate positioning.

Elsewhere, the S3 has a 1.54-inch 320 x 320 colour display and is powered by a dual-core 1Ghz MediaTek CPU with an Mali-400 MP GPU. That's accompanied by 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. Battery life is slated as up to two days on a single charge.

The Omate S3 is set to be priced at €149 and will be available unlocked in France and Spain from September. The Monitorlinq services will start rolling out before the end of the year.

Omate's Wherecom S3 smartwatch wants to keep senior citizens safe

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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