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One key worry for new parents: what is that you are feeding the child, exactly? What is that medication, precisely?
New tech might figure that out for you.
It’s easy to look past futuristic promises made on the Kickstarter crowd-funding web service — but this one checks out enough that it’s received more than $2 Million already, the TechCrunch new site reports.
SciO says its pocket-sized gadget scans food, plants and medicines, and displays their chemical compositions in understandable terms. “For long we have wondered and relied on the food labels to analyze the amount of calories in a particular item. A group of scientists has developed a tiny gadget that gives the consumers the power of learning the chemical composition of almost every consumable product, including nutritional info like calories, carbs, sugars, and more.”
You can find out more here.
That’s the question the BBC asks in a recent news story — and like most headlines that are questions, the answer is “No.”
Or at least, probably not…
“Babies may feel more comfortable about new technologies than their parents,” the article says. “They may be too young to have their own email address, but newborns and infants are being viewed by many tech start-ups as the next big thing.”
The article runs down many upcoming promising new gadgets — a lot of which we’ve covered here at BabyTech, but ends with a quandary: “There’s this dilemma to embrace technology, with possibilities that our child will be a coding genius by 11 — yet also offers us a child that doesn’t interact with others and endlessly plays on Minecraft.”
Tablets are getting so affordable you might be tempted to buy a Samsung or HP for your toddler — but Vtech is offering one designed especially for young children, and its only $45 here.
“With hundreds of apps to download, your child will have so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning,” the company says.
The InnoTab 3 Learning App Tablet has a full-sized 4.3-inch color touchscreen, and a “G-Sensor” for game play.
Also, “kids will love taking photos “with the built-in camera that rotates for better shooting angles. There are also 55 special effects, and it can record video as well.
Crying baby? Much-needed relief may be on the way.
The Mother’s Touch mimics a mom’s gentle massaging and caressing, the developer says. It’s “the only device to simulate a Mother’s circular clockwise massaging motion, to naturally soothe a crying, fussy baby.”
It can ease “teething, colicky, or fussy babies due to separation anxiety or sleep issues.” Use a drug-free solution to naturally ease baby’s discomfort.
The maker, a mom herself, is currently seeking funds on the crowd-sourced site Kickstarter for its first production run.
Don’t buy it? There’s a video here showing the device working its magic on an upset infant.