Gadget In The Works: The Link Child Locator

The Link Child Locator is a conceptual design for a much needed gadget that enables you to find lost children or other members of your group when separated in a large or crowded space.

If you have young children, or younger brothers or sisters, you know how easy it is for them to let go of your hand for a split second and be gone a split second later? Well, let's say you're in a baseball stadium when this happens... or you're in Macy's department store the day after Thanksgiving...

Panic sets in quickly.

Those at the international design firm Continuum have a security solution designed: The Link Child Locator. It's a transmitter system in the bodies of two bracelets.



Let's say a mother and her son have gone to a shopping mall. The boy wears the smaller, orange bracelet. This has a transmitter that operates up to 100 feet. The mother wears the watch-style larger bracelet. that indicates, with a 360 degree compass-style arrow, the direction the child has gone. As the child moves, the arrow follows the direction.


The Link Child Locator seems like a simple security system to use to locate a child within a limited amount of space and in a very short time span. After those limits have been surpassed, better call in some assistance, even law enforcement assistance.

There are other child locators currently available that operate somewhat differently than the Link Child Locator; several of them are available at


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Nov 24, 2008
by Anonymous


I thought several similar things existed already.

Nov 24, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Beth Graddon-Hodgson's picture

 This definitely seems

 This definitely seems like a more effective, and trendy version of the technology than what I've come across before. They often consist of parents hanging onto large locating devices (like a portable GPS) while the child has something that could be more easily lost. Great find!

Beth Hodgson
Innovative Business Writer