Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Baby

The MOM incubator, first-prize winner of the 2014 James Dyson Award

James Roberts, a 23 year-old design grad from Britain's Loughborough University, has won this year's international James Dyson Award for his portable inflatable incubator. Called MOM, the device is intended to be a low-cost alternative to traditional incubators, allowing premature babies in places such as refugee camps to survive when they might otherwise perish. Read on for more details on it, along with the three runners-up.  Read More

By using Wink to take their basal body temperature, women can access data through Kindara'...

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 6.7 million women in the US with an impaired ability to become pregnant and carry a baby to term. US-based reproductive health company Kindara has now developed Wink, an oral thermometer that works in conjunction with a mobile app to inform women when the time is right – or wrong – to get down to business.  Read More

The Sproutling smart baby monitor system lets parents keep technological track of baby's w...

Babies don't come with instruction manuals, so the saying goes. But technology is promising to lend new parents a helping hand in the form of Sproutling, a smart baby monitor that keeps parents abreast of baby’s physical status, conditions in the baby’s room, and learns from baby's past behavior to provide specialized suggestions to sleep-deprived parents.  Read More

Onni Smart Care is an enhanced baby monitoring system

Onni Smart Care is a new baby monitoring system which promises to do more than allow parents to see and listen to their (hopefully sleeping) little one. In addition to streaming HD video and audio to a smart device or computer, the Onni Baby Pro monitor features a room temperature sensor, a remote controlled nightlight, and the ability to play soothing MP3s to your child via a built-in speaker.  Read More

The Sangenic Nappy disposal system: when you're tired of dealing with other people's crap

Life can be cruel, folks. Just a few weeks ago I was road testing electric motorcycles, wind in my chest hair, livin' the dream. Then, in an instant, I became a dad – well, it was an instant for me, the missus might feel differently about it. Either way, here I am, reduced to writing a road test for a diaper bin. But a fine diaper bin it is, and I have resolved to attack this new topic with vigor and passion. Ladies and gentlemen, the nappy sausage machine.  Read More

Sleevely keeps track of when and how much your baby is eating, and advises you accordingly...

Among the many questions that new parents have regarding the care of their baby, one of the most common has got to be "How much should we be feeding them?". Of course, that brings up another question, namely "How much are they eating?". The Tel Aviv-based designers of Sleevely claim that their product can provide the answers. It's a "SmartSleeve" that an existing baby bottle slides into, which monitors the infant's nutritional intake.  Read More

Monbaby can be attached to any item of clothing to monitor and provide analysis on your ba...

Wearable baby monitors certainly appear an emerging trend, with recent efforts including a bodysuit packed with sensors and a smart sock to track your baby's vital signs. Taking yet another approach is US-based inventor Arturas Vaitaitis, whose Monbaby smart button can be attached to any item of clothing to monitor and provide analysis of your baby's sleeping patterns.  Read More

Dormi is a baby monitor app for parents with two or more Android phones

Baby monitors are one of the multitude of things that parents have to remember to pack when going away for a weekend, or that they don't have to hand when visits with friends last longer than expected. A new app solves this problem, for families with two or more Android devices. Dormi replaces the need for a dedicated baby monitor by turning one device into a transmitter that captures audio, and relays it to one or more other receiver devices.  Read More

3D Babies offers 3D-printed figurines of your unborn fetus in three sizes

While some expectant parents are happy to conceal the sex until they see their newborn with their own eyes, others just can't wait. We'd guess that by offering 3D-printed figurines modeled on an ultrasound, 3D Babies is targeting the latter group.  Read More

The Mimo Baby Monitor includes onesies stuffed with sensors, a docking station and a smart...

The Mimo Baby Monitor puts anxious parents at ease by providing them with a constant stream of data about their little sweetheart. The sensors embedded in an infant bodysuite, called the Kimono, monitor the baby’s respiration. The data is passed on to a small turtle-shaped gizmo, nested in the Kimono, which in turn measures skin temperature, body position and the activity pattern. All this information is then relayed via low-power bluetooth to a Wi-Fi enabled docking station so that parents can access all the details via their smartphones.  Read More

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