Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer VELDT recently introduced the Tottori West Family Time Watch, a smartwatch designed to help you keep track of how much time you spend with your family. The wearable was primarily made for parents looking to spend more time with their children. A parent can give their child a wearable beacon that communicates with the Tottori West Family Time Watch which tracks family time whenever the two are within 100 feet of each other. The wearable supports custom targets and will alert you if your set target wasn't met.
The Tottori West Family Time Watch was designed and manufactured by VELDT as a part of an initiative started by the Tottori Prefecture, the least populated Prefecture in Japan. The Tottori administration is trying to encourage Japanese families to visit the western parts of the prefecture and each family that chooses to do so will be awarded one of these watches. The reason why the local administration decided to promote western Tottori with a wearable is because it's mostly aiming to appeal to people who are living in metropolitan areas and are used to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Apart from bringing families together, the goal of this initiative is to promote the rural region of Tottori as a viable tourist destination. The program is only available to nine families in total and all of the spots have already been taken. There's still no information on whether VELDT's latest creation will ever be released commercially under a different name or whether the Tottori administration is planning a similar initiative in the future.
In addition to tracking how much time people spend with their families, the Tottori West Family Time Watch also boasts a number of other features. Among other things, VELDT's wearable supports notifications, calls, and SMS messages. The device communicates with a smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0 but doesn't seem to be Internet-enabled. The family time tracking feature is directly tied to the smartphone app which visualizes the amount of time you've spent with your children using simple circular shapes of different colors. First images of the Tottori West Family Time Watch can be seen below.