Moms, Kids and CES 2015
A friend visited recently from Shanghai and commented how quiet the streets of New York City were in comparison.
She would have been at home at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where getting from point A to point B is much like dodging the vast number of pedestrians in Shanghai or New York, only with much longer waits for taxis. This year, 170,000 people checked out 3,500 exhibitors spread over two million square feet, looking for tech’s latest and greatest.
My focus this year at CES, as in the past, was on products designed for kids and moms. In this, CES 2015 did not disappoint. Following are some of the most intriguing introductions:
Bellabeat. This brand completely intrigued me, with its complete system of connected smart devices specifically for women. Products include a non-invasive monitor moms-to-be can use to check on baby’s heartbeat in the womb. The device then becomes a smart baby monitor after birth. There’s a scale that will work for mom and baby alike and even jewelry — worn as a pendant, brooch or bracelet — that will track and report on mom’s sleep, nutrition, calories burned and stress level.
Edwin the Duck. The world’s first interactive rubber duckie, Edwin is an app-enhanced smart toy as well as a bath temperature sensor that will turn red and “quack” if the water is too hot, a nightlight, and a waterproof Bluetooth wireless-enabled speaker for playing favorite tunes, lullabies and more.
The Narrative Clip 2 is a wearable camera with automatic photo capture, equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It allows you to easily record moments that matter, while staying “in the moment” rather than having to use a camera or phone. It can then wirelessly transfer images and share stories on the go.
SleepIQkids. A smart bed from Sleep Number, SleepIQkids lets you know if your child gets out of bed–and scans the room for monsters, among other clever and helpful features.
TempTraq is a 24-hour wireless thermometer worn as a patch on baby’s skin. It can send alerts to your phone if a child’s temperature is too high and provide a record of changes throughout the day.
Kolibee introduced a connected toothbrush that tracks your family’s brushing habits and lets you know how to do a better job.
TrackR will make your phone ring even if you have the phone on silent and alert you if you move too far away from your mobile device. While its benefits extend beyond families, it’s a particular help to multitasking moms.
Sensoria. Here, sensors are actually part of your sports bra or running socks and can track your heart rate or the number of steps you take while running. Ideal for the mom trying to steal a little me-time.