Smartwatches IRL: Prison breaks and great escapes

Smartwatches get real in the real world
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Who says smartwatches aren't making a big impact? In two quite very different stories from across the pond, there's clear proof that the emerging tech genre is getting serious in the real world.

The good: A 9-year-old Utah boy escaped a kidnapper, using his smartwatch to call his dad for help.

Local reports say that Aiden, the 9-year-old boy in question, was abducted while walking to a friend's house when a man grabbed him and put him into a car.

"He got out of the car, walking, and then he just charged at me," Aiden told KSTU. "I ran as fast as I could, but I tripped and I fell and he caught me."

Aiden managed to escape the car and the called his step dad, using his GizmoGadget watch. The smart kids watch can store up to four emergency phone numbers and boasts a GPS tracking device.

"We got him the GizmoGadget so we could just call him," said Jimmy Green, the boy's stepfather. "So he could home, or to locate him on the app and see where he was."

Great stuff.

The bad: Jailers indicted for attempting to smuggle smartwatch into jail

Domonique Williams has been indicted on a charge of taking a smartwatch into the Shelby County Jail. The deputy jailer is accused of smuggling in a Samsung smartwatch and letting prisoners use it to make calls and send messages.

We presume it was a Gear S2. You couldn't smuggle in an original Gear S - have you seen the size of it?

Williams' attorney has filed a lawsuit fighting the suspension.

Not so great stuff.

Smartwatches IRL: Prison breaks and great escapes

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Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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