MMGuardian enters a crowded kid-safe-phone market

If each dumb concept I ever had as a teen was completely captured on the web, I’d be in for a rainbow of embarrassment. In immediately’s always-on and really socially networked world, youngsters and youngsters can rapidly get themselves into bother. The MMGuardian Phone is a smartphone produced in collaboration with Samsung that’s tapping into the facility of AI to make telephone use safer for youths and youngsters. 

A decade after MMGuardian’s app launched a set of parental management instruments, the corporate is again with a telephone that implements most of the similar concepts extra deeply built-in into the machine. The MMGuardian Cellphone is a smartphone designed from the bottom as much as present security and management for involved mother and father.

After all, MMGuardian isn’t the one firm on this house — Bark Phone, Troomi, Gabb and a slew of others are on the market as nicely, and most of them are utilizing the identical Samsung machine for their very own variations of the kid-safer telephones.

The smartphone pairs Samsung’s {hardware} with MMGuardian’s experience in parental management options. The result’s a tool that not solely gives superior monitoring and management options but additionally incorporates anti-tamper expertise to stop workarounds. What units the MMGuardian Cellphone aside is its use of AI. The telephone makes use of deep studying fashions to scan texts and pictures immediately on the kid’s telephone, prioritizing privateness and minimizing the necessity to ship little one pictures elsewhere for evaluation.

The MMGuardian telephone is predicated on Samsung A14 (pictured) and Samsung A15 telephones. Picture Credit: Samsung.

For youngsters, the machine’s AI can detect inappropriate selfies and alert each mother and father and youngsters to potential dangers. This function supplies an extra layer of safety towards points like sexting, sextortion and cyberbullying, making the MMGuardian Cellphone distinctive available in the market.

The MMGuardian Cellphone will probably be out there in three fashions, beginning at $119, with the MMGuardian Service priced at an extra $120 per yr. The telephone is unlocked and appropriate with all main wi-fi networks within the U.S., permitting customers to decide on the airtime plan that most closely fits their wants.

The A03S (Based mostly on Samsung’s A03S) incorporates a 6.5-inch show, 32GB of storage, and runs on Android 11 working system, supporting a 4G/LTE community. It has a 13MP foremost digicam and a 5MP entrance digicam. The A14, (based mostly on the Samsung A14 phone), boasts a barely smaller 6.4-inch show however comes with double the storage at 64GB and a newer Android 13 OS. It helps each 4G and 5G networks and upgrades the digicam specs to a 50MP foremost digicam and a 13MP entrance digicam. The A15 (Samsung A15, as you would possibly anticipate) matches the A03S in show measurement at 6.5 inches and runs on Android 13 as nicely, but it surely surpasses the others in storage with 128GB and has the identical community assist and digicam specs because the A14. All fashions share commonplace options like an ear jack and a 5,000mAh battery.

MMGuardian’s evolution from app to telephone is a logical evolution of the corporate’s enterprise, and it was first proven off at CES in Las Vegas this week — it’s going to be fascinating to see how the AI tech will assist preserve the younger technologists amongst us safer on the market on the earth. 

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