CES 2015: Mobile Parenting Minds the Kids—and Pets


Helicopter parents have hovered within the zeitgeist for at least the last five years—and consumer-electronic manufacturers are capitalizing with a slew of new gear being shown at this week’s CES 2015 show in Las Vegas.

Every angle of a baby’s existence can now be tracked and codified. Might hospitals want to add data-crunching and connectivity tips to the courses that are generally provided to new parents before they take their little one home?

Parents looking to take the temperature of their tiny tot can now just look at their mobile device. A “smart pacifier” from Pacif-i does all the work. And if your kid isn’t into pacifiers, the new TempTraq will do the trick. Its smart patch sticks to the child’s skin and syncs with a parent’s mobile device so they can get a steady stream of temperature readings.

For those afraid that they’ll forget and leave their baby in the (connected, natch) car, Voxx has developed a sensor for infant car seats that will communicate with mom or dad’s mobile devices to let them know they have forgotten something very important in the car. As Voxx notes in a press release, “from 1998-2013 there have been over 600 incidents where a child has died from heat stroke after being left in a hot motor vehicle.”

Even baby bottles are getting smarter. French company Slow Control is showcasing the Baby Glgl at CES, which figures out the right angle for the bottle to be held in order to cut down on air bubbles. That’ll help folks from having gassy, unhappy babies. And if baby is unhappy, everybody is unhappy.

A new Kodak-branded high-tech baby monitor produced by Seedonk is a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree, allowing parents to have two-audio monitoring on their mobile devices so they can soothe from afar. It also offers video monitoring that allows the caregiver to pan, tilt and zoom in on any particular detail.

Sproutling also earned a CES Innovation Award Honoree nod for its “sensing, learning, predicting” baby monitor, which straps onto the ankle.

Sproutling Baby Wearable Tech CES

If parents still crave more info, there are wearable tech onesies.

Last year’s CES parade of wee wearables included the Mimo system; this year’s CES features MonBaby’s wearable tech, which will track the baby’s heart rate, turning, breathing, and every move.

The data is picked up and transmitted by a button attached to the child’s clothing near his or her chest—a detail that might remind Americans of the Blue Button for electronic medical records.

When baby is out of the crib and lulled in the new mamaRoo electric rocker, parents can simply change the speed from their mobile device. It also allows parents to choose different types of white noise remotely or just play something on the rocker from your own music collection.

Don’t think it is just babies who are getting all the attention. Once they’re out of the crib they can start sleeping with a high-tech boost of their own: the Sleep IQ Kids bed from Sleep Number.

Sleep Number Sleep IQ Kids smart bed

As Mashable reports,

A sleep dashboard (available via an Android app or desktop) shows parents how well each child slept and alerts them in real-time if they need attention and are out of bed. The bed can also tilt if a child wants to read or has a stuffy nose. Meanwhile, soft lights around the bed glow when kids get up or want to read — and parents can turn them off remotely when it gets too late.

Available later this year for around $1,000, the bed also promises to adapt as kids grow. That’s when they can start kvetching (Skechving?) to their parents for the Skechers Gamekicks hitting the markets, which the LA Times notes features a game (recalling the classic flashing-light memory game Simon) built into the shoes.

Skechers GameKicks CES 2015

The interactive kicks are designed for boys who may prefer to play with their shoes and in them.

Child-free but the doting parent of four-legged kids? Fear not, as pets are also getting the “smart” treatment.

Tagg‘s GPS pet monitor and Alarm.com have teamed up to help owners track exactly where their dogs are.

Binatone, meanwhile, is expanding on its Motorola pet and baby monitors with its Scout smart collar that lets owners not only track the dog but speak to it from remote distances. Fido is going to be awfully surprised when your voice comes out of his collar.

For those convinced CES is going to the dogs, other smart pet items on show in Las Vegas this week include the FitBark dog activity monitor, the Petnet Smart Feeder, WonderWoof activity tracker and the Petcube remote camera.

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