Family Fun at CES
January 12, 2017
- Willow introduced a breast pump requiring no wires, no external tubes and no cords. In fact, it’s designed so that women can actually wear it under their shirts and go about their day during the pumping process, which is silent. One result is that they can finally pump without the need for a private place. If it works as well as it sounds, this product is a huge breakthrough.
- Before baby arrives, parents can rent Babywatcher to make their own ultrasound photos and videos at home. From 14 weeks of pregnancy on, Babywatcher shows real-time images that can be scanned, saved and shared. According to the company, the Babywatcher is well within current safety standards.
- With UBTECH’s Jimu Robot kit, youngsters can build a robot from an array of interlocking pieces that snap together to form pre-designed animal characters or anything else kids can imagine. With the Jimu app they can then program an “endless” sequence of actions to keep things interesting.
- I especially liked SAM’s Curious Cars kit from SAM Labs, because of the variety of designs and the different levels of coding skills it supported. Described as a “smart construction kit,” SAM blocks connect wirelessly to the SAM app to enable kids to build and program cars and games. The Curious Cars kit contains enough for 20+ starter projects.
- With NeoBear’s AR Globe, kids can use a smartphone or tablet to see various aspects of the planet,including territories, buildings, animals and natural disasters, in all countries around the world—for Gen Z, perhaps a more natural and effective way to learn.
- Called “half Amazon Echo and half virtual nanny” by one reviewer, Mattel’s voice-enabled Aristotle can identify individual children from their voices and recognize speech from toddlers up to middle school-aged kids. Designed to perform different tasks based on a child’s age, it can play a lullaby or turn on a night light when a baby wakes up, log wet diapers and automatically order more from participating retailers, read bedtime stories to toddlers, and help older kids with homework. It also doubles as a baby monitor.