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Why are we covering a vacuum cleaner on page about baby gear? Because the latest from the innovative Dyson company is not just a vacuum, but a robot — and while there have been robotic vacuums for years, this one has a camera onboard that sees in 360-degrees.
The Dyson 360 Eye uses the camera to navigate about your house. The camera views the room at a 45-degree angle, and takes 30 pictures per second. Those photos become a live map of the room.
It will sell next Spring; the price has not been announced. There’s more information here.
There’s an explanatory video here.
Can you “Take control of your reproductive health” as the developer of Glow claims? A recent review of the free app on the Gizmodo technology site says: Yes, you can.
Glow says its will let you pinpoint your ovulation day and track your period with its “advanced proprietary algorithms and its ability to crunch vast amounts of data at multiple stages of the reproductive journey.”
The article on Gizmodo notes “actually made gathering information about cervical mucus (CM) pretty fun (well, as fun as it could be). Using the app was enjoyable. I’d tap in my temperature and other fertility cues during my morning Instagram-feed viewing. Later, I’d fill in basic health information about my day—exercise, alcohol consumption, energy—while riding the bus. (Now the app syncs with fitness trackers to import all that data as well.) When I didn’t log information, the app would ping me. But I didn’t need the reminders very often. I became diligent about tracking. My husband was able to download the app, too, and have access to all my information. Dare I say, it was almost fun.”
The complete review is here.
The company also offers Glow First, which it says is “the world’s first fertility funding community, for those wanting to have a baby as soon as possible.”
The free app is here.
An interactive storybook for the iPad can foster a love of classical music in children of all ages. “Hear the beautiful music and get involved!” says developer Infinite Fermata.
The Four Seasons: A Vivaldi Storybook features a kid-friendly arrangement of one of the most beloved pieces of classical music, coupled with “loads of fun interactivity” with which children can make geese sing, or squirrels fly. There’s also art depicting animals and the natural world in all four seasons, and a “gentle wit and rich but simple language to encourage readers of all levels,” the developers say.
It’s $5 here.
There are lots of audio and video baby monitors out there now, but the Angelcare does quite a bit more: it tracks movement with sensor pads you place under your baby’s mattress.
It will sound an alarm when no movement is detected for 20 seconds.
It also monitors sound, with a range of 820 feet, “and eight channels to minimize interference,” the company says. There’s also a temperature display, and indicator lights.
The full system is $170 here.
The motion-only version is $65 here.
Can a “friendly froggy character” make potty training fun? Fisher-Price says its Potty Froggy makes the task “easy and inviting.”
The potty has big handles to help toddlers “feel comfortable and secure on the potty.” There’s also an integrated splash guard to help prevent mess, the company adds, “and the removable bucket makes clean up a breeze.”
It’s $13 here.
Billed as a “perfect entertainer for both baby and toddler” the Activity Station features a seat that rotates 360 degrees around the table top to gives your baby full access to all toys and activities.
With Bright Starts’ Around We Go, your baby can use the flip book to activate melodies, piano keys, and silly sounds. The “Action/reaction station” has toys including a bead chaser and popping, spinning, and sliding characters.
It’s $98 here.