From connected onesies to smart pacifiers, innovative new products for children and parents are increasingly present at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Call it the Internet of Toddlers, as Engadget did last year when the Mimobaby smart baby onesie hit center stage, generating buzz for the growing segment.
Most health-related technologies available today, wearables especially, are made for adults looking to monitor their heart rates and track their fitness activities, but after the baby onesie last year, multiple new product debuts at CES 2015 may be indicators of an increasing trend amid the shift to wearables and smarter, connected devices everywhere.
Here’s a quick round-up of some interesting new developments.
The Pacif-i tackles the challenge of interface between a technology and a very young, untrained user by making an easily acceptable item smart: the pacifier. The Pacif-i will constantly monitor a baby’s temperature and upload it via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet. It can also alert parents when the device – hopefully tethered to the baby – crawls outside a set distance up to 20 meters. Through the app, parents can make the Pacif-i emit sound, which could help in locating an elusive child and the smart pacifier.
TempTraq temperature sticker
Should your baby not use pacifiers or you’d like to add another temperature reading method, TempTraq is a soft, stick-on patch that goes in the underarm, and will provide constant monitoring to your smartphone or tablet for 24 hours. The app will record temperature history and will also send notification alerts if reaching certain threshold temperatures.
The rocker is a classic way to soothe a baby. The creation of electric baby rocker freed parents up from actively pushing it, and the mamaRoo takes it a step further by enabling control from your mobile device via Bluetooth. From the app, a parent can switch rocking modes and sound settings.
Baby Glgl bottle
From the makers of 10S Fork that helps to pace bites to at least 10 seconds apart comes the Baby Glgl, named after the glug-glug sound of a feeding baby, meant to help prevent gas or colic. Packed with an inclinometer, the Baby Glgl tracks the weight and angle of the bottle and lights up with arrows informing the parent to adjust accordingly to ensure that the baby isn’t gulping air.
Parents, especially first-time parents, of infants constantly check on their newborns to see if they are sleeping well and in what position. Constant checkups are not only potentially disruptive to babies, but also stressful and time consuming for parents. MonBaby, a button-shaped device that attaches to clothing, hopes to do the checking for you, while also recording breathing and heart rates to an app. MonBaby will also send alerts to your phone should there be something out of the ordinary, hopefully allowing both parent and baby to sleep more soundly.
Smart Clip for car seats
Demonstrated at Intel’s booth this year is the Smart Clip for car seats. The Bluetooth-enabled device doubles as a safety buckle while also connecting to a smartphone app that will report back on temperature and the Smart Clip’s remaining battery life. The most important feature, however, is that it will send an alert should the Smart Clip still be enabled while falling out of range with the smartphone, preventing a forgotten passenger left behind.
Kodak Baby Monitoring System
The Kodak Baby Monitoring System, developed by Seedonk, modernizes the traditional audio baby monitor by adding support for an HD Wi-Fi camera. Parents may opt for even more security by integrating crib and door sensors, as well as other sensors that can detect movement and track sleep patterns and report to the Seedonk app.
The Safe Outlet by San Diego-based Brio, aims to provide an additional layer of safety as toddlers become inquisitive about their surroundings. Many children each year are injured when they put metallic objects into plugs. The Safe Outlet senses and can differentiate between plugs and tiny fingers and will disable the outlet’s power if the latter is present. It does this by switching to a 24 volt mode where it can actually check the electrical resistance coming through the plug. Only if it detects an actual powered device, and not a tiny hand, will it send the full 120 volts.
Sproutling baby monitor
Spoutling, launched in August 2014, has updated its baby monitor product for CES 2015 to include technology that not only monitors a resting baby, but also performs data analytics to determine what the optimal sleeping conditions are for the specific child. A wearable band collects the baby’s skin temperature, movement, heart rate and sleep position. The Spoutling smart charger also captures room temperature, light levels, noise and humidity. All of this data is sent to a smartphone app where it is analyzed and presented to the parent so they understand their child’s sleep patterns and environment better.
Even Sleep Number has some technology for kids as they introduced the SleepIQ Kids bed at CES 2015. Like some of the baby wearable products mentioned, the SleepIQ Kids bed has sensors that monitor breathing, movement and heart rate. This bed is very similar to the one introduced last year at CES 2014, just in a smaller size. According to Sleep Number, the SleepIQ Kids bed integrates with a family sleep dashboard, can alert parents if the kids get out of bed, has various lighting like under-bed lights to help guide them back to the bed if they get up, and even has a monster detector.
TempTraq image credit Tom Emrich/Flickr.
Source: Intel Free Press