Feeds

Taser offers obsessive parents total mobe intrusion package

'Text message blocked due to Silly Spelling'

The essential guide to IT transformation

Famed cattleprod-launcher firm Taser International has diversified out of its core business in electric stun weapons. The firm has announced that it will soon release a "family safety platform" allowing parents to monitor their children's mobile phone use, location and driving.

The parental spy/control tech is called "Protector™". It made its public debut last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but Taser hasn't yet given a firm date for actual availability.

Protector is intended to present a worried/obsessive parent with a "control panel" accessible via smartphone, computer or other netted-up device. The location of a child's phone can be viewed, and the calls, texts or other communications it can send or receive can be controlled.

Parents can choose to allow a call or message through, block it, answer a call themselves - perhaps passing the caller on to the child subsequently - or listen in. Rules such as "alert me when a new person contacts my child" or "always allow this person to contact my child without notifying me" can be set up. A phone can be silenced altogether during meal times, exams or other occasions as deemed appropriate by a grumpy mum or dad.

The location feature can also be used to monitor a teenager's driving habits, and in particular to prevent such risky activities as texting while driving. A kid's phone can be deactivated or set to allow calls in handsfree mode only when in the child's or the family's car, using a bluetooth gizmo in the car to recognise the situation.

"Many kids spend more time with their mobile phone than their families, and most parents have been helpless, in the dark as to who their kids are interacting with and what kind of content their kids are exposed to every day," says Taser CEO Rick Smith.

"PROTECTOR empowers parents," he adds.

Though some of its features are already available in different products, Smith argues that Taser is the first to bring it all together in one product which can be used across platforms and service providers. The company intends to offer the kit as a subscription service costing as much as $30 monthly, or less if fewer features are selected.

There's a corporate website here, complete with pictures of scary, copiously-tattooed and -pierced deviants of the type your kids are likely to end up exchanging nude pictures with unless their parents buy Protector™ as soon as it comes out. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard
OK, his constituency. Brace yourself for EXTRA #selfies
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.