The 6 Best IoT Products for Kids and Little Ones
From safety wearables, to kid-friendly hardware kits,the Internet of Things helps us integrate these devices into our daily routine.
Aside from crying, babies aren’t great at providing feedback when they need something. And, small children don’t always want to tell you what’s wrong.
The Internet of Things (IoT) provides a series of solutions to make it easy to monitor your children or keep them safe. Bringing smart technology into familiar products allows you to integrate these extraordinary devices into your normal routine.
Let’s look at some of the best IoT products for kids.
1. 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat
According to research, 80% of all car seats are fitted incorrectly. Unless you get someone to fit it for you, how do you know the installation went well?
The 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat checks the tension and levels according to your car, before verifying it’s safe to use. After installation, its twenty sensors monitor its status and send error alerts to your phone.
Plus, the car seat not only meets current safety standards, but it also meets the proposed standard for side impact protection. With its steel reinforcing and aluminum crash bars, you can drive safely in the knowledge your child is cocooned in a bubble of protection.
It’s even certified for use on your air travel plans.
2. Fever Scout Wearable Thermometer
The IoT is great at providing wearables for monitoring a range of health issues. The Fever Scout Wearable Thermometer extends the capabilities of the IoT to children. Taking the form of a soft, flexible patch, your child won’t realize they’re wearing it.
Here’s a video showing how to use the Fever Scout.
It takes the temperature once per minute, sending data to the app on your device. You can view the data as a graph to get a better sense of your child’s changing temperature. Or track the temperature to watch your little one improve.
It comes with a charging dock that doubles as a BLE relay. That means you can monitor your child from up to 130ft away.
3. Kolibree Smart Toothbrush
Getting children to brush their teeth can be a challenge. Why not turn it into a game using the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush?
It features rounded bristles so children won’t scratch their gums. Its sonic action removes more plaque.
The accompanying app teaches your child good dental habits through play, helping them reach areas they might neglect. It also analyzes data about their brushing habits so you don’t need to keep checking up on them.
If you’re curious about good brushing habits, you can always play yourself!
4. MonBaby Smart Button
How often do you check on your baby when she’s asleep? The MonBaby checks on your baby for you, sending updates to your phone so you don’t need to disturb her. You can monitor her breathing and body position while the button also detects potential falls.
Stomach sleeping may carry a greater risk of SIDS so get instant alerts when your baby rolls onto her stomach.
Unlike other monitoring products which involve smart onesies, the MonBaby smart button snaps on and off whatever your baby is wearing. It’s easy to swap clothing if she makes a mess.
Here’s a video about how the MonBaby works.
It also makes monitoring your baby easy when grandparents or babysitters help out.
5. Filip 2 Wearable Tracker
No parent wants to spy on their child, but getting peace of mind is hard to ignore. Unlike other wearable trackers, the Filip 2 allows for two-way connection. Pre-assign five numbers so your child can always contact an adult they trust.
Use the companion app to track the Filip 2, thanks to its built-in GPS, WiFi and GSM functions. The app lets you assign different profiles to different children. Send them simple messages if you’re running late to pick them up from soccer practice, for example.
You can also take advantage of the GPS sensor to create areas through geofencing. The Filip 2 sends alerts if your child strays beyond the boundaries of these safe areas.
6. ShotTracker for Basketball
So far, we’ve looked at products to help you monitor your children. How about a product your child can interact with?
If your children want to improve their basketball skills, then try the ShotTracker. Data from the wearable wristband and net sensor give instant feedback on their shots.
An app also provides workouts or drills they can use to practice at home.
Check out the video below:
The IoT is an Exciting Place for Parents and Children Alike
You can keep your family safe while teaching them how to use technology that will be common when they grow up.
Over to you – which of these devices will you try first?