Baby tech is a burgeoning industry that beckons smartphone-toting parents to engage with gadgets. The latest crop of technology can bring moms and dads closer to their kids by counting words, helping to monitor sleeping infants, and even rocking them to sleep with the calming movements of a car (no actual car required).
Check out these out-of-the-ordinary devices to see how companies are going gaga over baby gadgets.
Smart Sock 2 by Owlet
Baby monitoring moved up to a new level with the introduction of the Owlet Smart Sock, a foot-worn device that tracks a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels while he or she sleeps, and then sends that information to an app.
The system consists of a sock-like wrap fitted with a sensor and a Bluetooth-equipped base station that collects the data and sends it to the app. The app will alert you if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels fall outside of pre-set parameters.
Owlet is meant to be used during nap times and at night when the baby is sleeping. The company specifies that “Owlet is intended to provide peace of mind. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.” The Owlet app is available for iOS. There is also a beta version for Android, but the app is still in development.
The biggest complaint about the first generation of the smart sock is that it had a tendency to fall off. The $300 Smart Sock 2 addresses this shortcoming with a redesign that stays in place better and can be used on either foot. The adjustable fabric wrap accommodates a baby’s growth spurts. Gadget-loving parents will like the smart sock, but keep in mind there are also much more affordable, though less high-tech, baby monitors available for keeping an eye on your kid while he or she sleeps.