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Rollin’ and Learnin’
Aug 26, 2014 by Paul W.
“Pack your bag. It’s time for learning fun on the road.”
Your kid might not be old enough to travel the world, but with the Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase, “children learn language as they use their motor skills to explore with imaginative travel play,” says Vtech.
It features an easy-to-grab handle, and rolling wheels which “encourage on-the-go play.”
Pretend travel accessories promote role-play fun, and its greetings introduce children to English and Spanish. There are also 25 melodies and sing-along songs to “keep little ones engaged.”
It’s $37 here.
An inflatable incubator can save premature babies in areas without full medical facilities.
This accordion-like instrument is called a concertina, and each end of its case contains electronics, including a ceramic heater, fans, a humidifier, and a computer, Fast Company reports. The collapsible middle section extends out and can be inflated into a bed.
Some places “aren’t great places to be born, but new cheap and easy-to-transport neonatal tech might make it a little safer,” the article concludes.
The design is an entry in this year’s Dyson Awards.
An in-development device senses if a child has been left in a vehicle and alerts a parent’s phone.
As reported by the Daily Mail in the UK, the Starfish is a coin-sized weight-activated sensor that fits to child’s car seat. It pairs to a parent’s phone using Bluetooth, and then signals the phone if it goes too far from the sensor — that is, if the parent carrying the phone walks 20 feet away from the Starfish that is on their child’s seat.
The develop notes that one child dies in a hot car every nine days in the US on average.
There’s more information on the Starfish Kickstarter here.
A free app suggests ways to better encourage your baby’s development during the first year of life with fun activities.
Developer Mead Johnson says they’ll “tell you how to do each activity, describe any toys or props you might need, and let you know exactly how it helps your baby reach important motor, cognitive, communication and social milestones.”
It also makes it easy to “share your memories—whether they’re pictures or just descriptions of your baby’s reactions—with your friends and family on Facebook or by email.”
The AmazingBaby app is free here on iTunes.
Yes, it’s another online project to develop another wearable device for a baby… but this one specifically takes advantage of — get this — dirty diapers.
How? Well, as the developer Pixie Scientific says, “Kidneys filter specific solutes from blood into urine. By taking useful data on these solutes, as well as by picking up on signs of bacterial activity from a wet Smart Diaper, we make use of something that would normally be thrown directly into the trash. Smart Diapers alert you to certain conditions that require immediate attention and also track your child’s health for months, automatically looking for emerging trends in multiple combinations of parameters.”
Pixie Scientific has put the project up for backing here if you are interested.
Is this the first brand specifically for pregnant and nursing women?
The founder of Healthy Mama says she was surprised there wasn’t already such a resource, so she went and started one.
The company’s mission is to “provide products you and your doctor can trust,” she says. The FDA-approved remedies, safe and eco-friendly vitamins and pain-relievers, “provide pregnant and nursing women with the safest solutions to common ailments, because all women deserve to feel healthy and happy during pregnancy and nursing.”
Also, the founder delivered her daughter prematurely “and spent five months in the hospital watching her fight for her life” and says she now wants to “help other women avoid this plight, and will partner with organizations that have the same mission of helping moms deliver full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”