Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 18, 2015
Crowdfunding veterans, Evoz are running another campaign on Indiegogo for their "Evoz Parenting Monitor". Like many other home security devices, the Evoz enables parents to capture video and still images as well as interact remotely via their smartphone and tablet. What's different about this baby monitor, however is that it offers what Evoz calls a "toolbox" for parents that includes advice forums, and in-app expert parenting advice.
The device itself is alive with technology. It contains a microphone, an HD camera (with night vision), a speaker, a temperature sensor, and a nightlight. The microphone and speaker enables parents to communicate with their babysitter, sing lullabies, play music or read bed time stories. Parents can be alerted whenever their baby cries, and they can also monitor room temperature. A really nice touch that parents will love, is the "scrapbook" that allows memorable moments to be captured and saved online.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of all is the sleep tracker, which enables parents to analyse sleep data, so they can help their baby get a good night's sleep (the toolbox provides tips and advice, and even predicts their baby's sleeping pattern). This data could be hugely beneficial to, not only parents but also the medical community. Both sleep and temperature data, if collected across a large enough sample of customers, could be used to obtain all kinds of invaluable insights. Perhaps the data could one day be used to predict and prevent medical conditions and even prevent cot death. Obviously consent from customers is a prerequisite, and the data will need to be anonymised before it is shared with third parties.
With 28 days still remaining, the company has already exceeded its funding target on Indiegogo. You can pre-order an Evoz Parenting Monitor for $169 (£110). International shipping will be offerd for an additional $15 (£10). The estimated shipping date is April 2015.
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