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Sound-sensing baby bed is set to rock your infant's world

Sound-sensing baby bed is set ...
The Snoo baby bed calms fussing babies by rocking them and playing back white noise
The Snoo baby bed calms fussing babies by rocking them and playing back white noise
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Parents wishing to monitor or manually control the Snoo can do so via an app on their smartphone, using a Wi-Fi connection
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Parents wishing to monitor or manually control the Snoo can do so via an app on their smartphone, using a Wi-Fi connection
An optional organic cotton swaddle can be quickly wrapped around the baby and attached to the Snoo using built-in clips, to keep them safely lying on their back
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An optional organic cotton swaddle can be quickly wrapped around the baby and attached to the Snoo using built-in clips, to keep them safely lying on their back
The Snoo baby bed calms fussing babies by rocking them and playing back white noise
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The Snoo baby bed calms fussing babies by rocking them and playing back white noise

While babies are great in most ways, they're not exactly conducive to getting a full night's sleep. Realizing this, pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp joined forces with Swiss designer Yves Béhar (of the Fuseproject firm) and a team at MIT's Media Lab to create a solution. Five years later, the automated Snoo baby bed is the result.

Throughout the night, Snoo rocks the baby and plays back soothing in-the-womb-like white noise.

When the integrated microphones detect that the baby is crying, the bed starts jiggling the infant and increases the white noise – it keeps this up until the crying stops, at which point it resumes the gentler rocking. Parents wishing to monitor or manually control the bed can do so via an app on their smartphone, using a Wi-Fi connection.

An optional organic cotton swaddle can be quickly wrapped around the baby and attached to the bed using built-in clips, to keep them safely lying on their back. There's also an LED night light, the intensity of which is dictated by an ambient light sensor.

If you're interested in getting a Snoo of your own, you can preorder one now for US$1,160. It can be seen in baby-jiggling action, in the video below.

For a non-automatic take on a motorized baby-rocker, check out the Fisher Price Cradle 'n Swing.

Sources: Happiest Baby, Fuseproject via Inhabitat

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2 comments
Shaya
This sounds like a new solution, however it is still just a claim. I am curious to read about the research. Today's new parent might not have the experience to care for their babies, but that doesn't mean they can't care for their babies themselves. I get that you'll want to have a good nights rest, but will this "smart bed" actually work? I am really curious. That said, it comes at a price of not only $1,160 but also the connection you build with your child.
Bob Flint
That's you answer....shake them too sleep! What about 1. changing them when their wet, or had a dump, or 2. MAYBE THEY ARE HUNGRY! Typical digital age parents lazy ass solution attend to their needs, such as in number 1, & 2 as mentioned above, then a slight vibration and musical solution does exist for less than $40, I know because I'm a proud grandparent. Pick them up and show them love, human contact, and for those times you need to do other things, a simple rocking crib or will do just fine....