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Are you ready to go high-tech with your baby gear? It’s an exciting time in the life of new parents, because these gadgets and apps will have you in awe…
Over time, mostly out of sheer frustration, you learn what your baby’s cry means from hunger to need of sleep. But, what if there was a technology to do that for you?
In one long-ago episode of The Simpsons, Homer’s half-brother Herb invents a machine that translates baby babbling into English. It’s a cute cartoon premise that someone at Biloop Technologic took way too seriously. The company produces a Cry Translator app that can supposedly tell when a baby is hungry, bored, sleepy, stressed, or uncomfortable simply by analyzing her cries. All one has to do is hold the iPhone 50 to 60 centimeters away from the baby and wait 3 seconds.
Despite the app getting wide press coverage, customer reviews have been decidedly negative, with some complaining that the “translations” are arbitrary and inaccurate. ~PopularMechanics
Prevention in the palm of your hand: A diaper and smartphone app for monitoring your child’s health.
A QR Code on a diaper, What?!!!!
Want a High-Tech Baby Monitor that can detect your baby’s future wake time? Enter…
Sproutling Baby Monitor
Another one of our favorites is the Sproutling Baby Monitor. This device, which charges wirelessly and communicates with your smartphone, monitors your baby. It learns his/her sleep habits by constantly gathering data, and even predicts your child’s future habits, like how much longer he’ll sleep during naptime.
The monitor is on a small band that you put around your baby’s ankle. There are three sizes of bands (all included in the $199 price), so it’s something you can use as your baby grows. The sensor is in a medical-grade silicone cavity and is sealed. And it’s designed to guarantee that it’s not a choking hazard.
If there is anything unusual or sudden detected by the sensor, you’ll receive an alert on your phone. The sensor will even let you know if things are getting too loud in another part of the house that could potentially interfere with the baby’s sleep. And, if you have a second baby, or are babysitting, you can monitor both of them with the same app. Just put one of the additional bands on the other baby and you’ll be able to watch them both at the same time. ~SafeWise
Even your stroller is getting a futuristic update!
Origami Power-Folding Stroller
Few parental tasks are as cumbersome as folding and unfolding a stroller. Not so, with the 4moms Origami power-folding stroller that opens and closes autonomously at the touch of a button—you won’t even need to set down those grocery bags or that fussy toddler. The stroller has generators in its rear wheels allowing it to charge itself—and even your phone with an optional accessory ($39.99)—while you walk. Daytime running lights illuminate the legs of the stroller to make you more visible while underbelly pathway lights automatically turn on in dim places. An LCD dashboard with cartoon graphics also features a battery charge indicator, thermometer, speedometer, and trip and lifetime odometers. ~PCMag
Check out more about this amazing stroller, along with other baby tech gear:
Gear Guide: Baby Tech!