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An upcoming gadget, the hereO GPS watch, “enables parents to know the whereabouts of their children at any moment directly on their mobile” device.
“For the first time, tracking technology has been miniaturized to fit in a trendy kids watch,” say the project developers. Their hereO “is the world’s smallest real-time connected GPS tracking device, created specifically for children three years old and up.”
The developers add that while there are a number of child tracking products and services, their watch half the size smaller of other wearable tracking, and it will be less than half the price. Also, the watch’s built-in SIM card automatically connects to a local carrier in more than 140 countries with no roaming fees.
It’s only a project now, but it’s reached it’s initial funding goal and is set to ship this summer for $149. There’s more information here.
Learn with a helicopter
Apr 1, 2014 by Paul W.
The Explore and Learn Helicopter combines a favorite toy with introductory learning tools.
There’s a spinning propeller of course, and wheels that roll for take-off. The exit door opens and closes — and releases colorful balls. “Pulling the helicopter and spinning the propeller promote imaginative role-playing,” VTech says. “Press on the piano keys, object buttons, and the puppy to hear fun phrases, piano sounds, and melodies.” It’s $16 here.
The latest from Cuisinart does double duty: it’ll blend up the perfect baby food, and also heat up a bottle.
The device can chop, and pureé many foods — and the “steam blade” cooks it as well with “even steam distribution for quicker, more efficient results,” the company says.
It comes with a recipe booklet, spatula, bottle adapter ring, and measuring cup. It’s $126 here.
Here are some high-tech pajamas: Mimo has built multiple sensors into a onesie, so that “while your baby is wearing the Kimono, you can check their movements and body position to see just how active or peaceful they are — no matter where you or your baby might be.”
Mimo says its clinically validated sleep algorithms let you know “when your baby falls asleep, when they wake, and how well they are sleeping. You can even track their sleep patterns over time.”
The respiration sensors are non-contact, soft, and comfortable for baby “while also letting you check your baby’s breathing,” the company says, “giving you the peace of mind that all is okay.”
The temperature sensor lets you “know for sure that your little one is the perfect temperature, with just a quick peek at the app.”
It’s $100. There’s more information here.
“Bath time can be reading time with the Sing and Squeak Bath Book,” Vtech says. “This soft, waterproof book actually floats in the tub.”
There’s also a light-up music button for sing-along songs — and a rubber ducky button for funny, squeaking sounds. Two electronic buttons introduce first words, fun sounds, and music.
The short rhyming songs promote language development, the company says, and the playful sing-along songs encourage parent-child interaction.
It’s $15 here.
Fisher-Price says its new baby seat “is soothing and entertaining, with a touch of technology.”
There’s a 7×5-inch mirror “to reflect your baby’s smiling face, and promote facial recognition and a sense of self as baby develops,” Fisher-Price says. When you put your iPad into the mirror case, it can provide stimulation and engagement for your baby, while protecting your device from sticky fingers — or unintentionally navigating to other apps. Speaking of apps, with the guidance of child development experts, Fisher-Price developed free iPad apps especially for use with this seat.
It’s not just for staring at a screen: The toy bar puts dangling activity toys always within reach — and it’s adjustable or removable.
And finally, the comfy seat reclines to three different positions, with a soft head-support. It’s $67 here.