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Keep kids in touch with the Filip watch-phone

 

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No parent wants to worry their toddler has toddled away out of sight… Now the Filip, a wearable locator/watch/phone, will “keep parents and kids in touch at the push of a button.”

Filip provides you with location, voice calling, and direct messaging to your child. “The parent remains in control at all times through an app on their smartphone,” the company says, “including the designation of five trusted contacts with whom the child can communicate.”

You can also set “Safe Zones,” so if your child enters or leaves a designated area, you get an immediate notification. An intelligent emergency procedure locates the child and puts them in touch with family if needed.

AT&T is the exclusive network provider in the US, and says additional details on pricing and service plans will be available in the coming months.

 

See and talk with your baby in another room


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Why settle for an audio-only monitor? Devices like Vtech’s Safe & Sound let you not only listen in on your child, but also see and talk with them at the push of button, from the comfort of another room.

The adjustable camera mounts on or near the baby’s crib. The parent’s transceiver has a 2.8-inch color LCD, and can work with up to four cameras, so you can have one set up wherever you let your child rest. With the transceiver, you can talk to and sooth your child from across the house — or choose to play for them one of five lullabies built into the system. It even tells you the temperature in the baby’s room. A one-camera set is $130. (Affiliate link.)
The similarly-featured $180 Motorola model’s video quality is a bit better-reviewed. (Affiliate link.)

 

See your unborn baby’s heartbeat

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It’s not quite a home sonogram, but the BabyWatch Health Tracker lets expecting moms hear their babies’ heartbeat — and see a visualization of the sound on their smartphone.

On the social side, the app also promotes easily sharing those sounds with friends and family. It’s in development now.  There’s more information here.

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