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Digital nannies: safety solutions for the children’s room

The Connected Kidsroom

The Connected Kidsroom

The safety and health of their children is more important than anything else for mothers and fathers. However, because they can’t constantly stand watch over the baby’s bed, an ever increasing number of parents are relying on digital nannies: baby phones with additional functions, web cams and monitoring apps are more in demand than ever. This was also evident this year at Kind + Jugend, which, with the Connected Kidsroom, presented a real, completely equipped children’s room with special digital, smart products in a perfect environment.

Parents would prefer to have an eye on their babies and toddlers around the clock, in order to ensure that their young ones are fine and don’t need anything. However, even parents have to sleep sometimes. Work, household tasks and relaxation also have a right to some time.

Baby phones that record every peep made by the little ones have therefore long since become standard equipment in the children’s room. However, the sound quality and range of analogue devices often leave a lot to be desired.

Digital radio technology allows for a larger signal radius. This functions according to the DECT standard (Digital Enhancement Cordless Telecommunications), and transmits encoded and for the most part without interference. Innovative digital baby phones supplement the acoustic transmission with real time videos and offer a variety of extras like intercom function, as well as temperature and humidity sensors. Some digital nannies even sing the little ones to sleep.

The Smart Nursery device Motorola Halo, for example, can do this: in addition to lullabies, it can also play other calming sounds or audio books. It is fastened like a mobile above the bed, and thus offers parents a good overview in every respect: the removable HD camera lets you be part of the activities of your children wherever you are. At night, an LED night light helps children fall asleep – or pretty light projections can be cast on the ceiling. In combination with other devices from the Smart Nursery product family, ranging from a scale to an air humidifier, the Motorola Halo can thus contribute to creating the most optimal conditions for growth and development, and thus provide parents with a sense of security and well-being.

Stand: Miniland

Stand: Miniland

But what about the weeks and months of waiting before the little treasure sees the light of day? For those who find the time between the preventive examinations too long, sweetBeat from Miniland may be just the right thing: with this innovative device, the heartbeat of the foetus can be heard in real time and recorded from the 12th to 14th week until birth, anytime and any place. However, the related app offers much more: all information on the progress of the pregnancy can be observed and evaluated – even a diary function has been integrated. This wonderful all-round package justifiably earned the Innovation Award in the category “World of Kids Care” at this year’s Kind + Jugend.

A look at the other devices in the large portfolio of new products and continuing developments also shows where things are headed: parents expect better performance and more functions from their digital helpers; the trend is thereby clearly headed toward sophisticated, networked solutions that are controlled with apps. The devices should of course be easy to operate.

However, the most important criterion is safety. This is because parents will not compromise when it comes to the health of their children. A critical point here is protection from radiation. While the radiation values of digital DECT monitoring devices are much lower than the limit values permitted by the Federal Immission Control Act, parents want to be certain, and choose devices that only generate electromagnetic radiation when they activate other devices, and are equipped with an “eco mode” that reduces radiation and power consumption.

Networking, easy handling, safety ­– these requirements also clearly show that monitoring solutions for the children’s room are products requiring intensive consultation.

What experiences have you had with digital baby monitoring devices? What do your customers expect – and what questions do they ask of you? Share your experiences with us!

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