When I worked at Safety 1st I was in charge of “Large Furniture” which, despite its name was not furniture for large people. It meant strollers and playards for the most part and it meant my entire desk was covered in rubber and plastic wheels. I sat next to the Research & Development lead over Monitors and I always marveled at how he would dissect these intricate systems and bells and whistles. This guy had fun. He loved his job.
At Safety 1st I knew firsthand that the people developing and producing their monitors are really smart, really focused, and really into their job. When they told me about their latest and greatest Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor – the first monitor to use physical security in addition to software that keeps your video feed secure- I could just picture that man at his desk with his (non stroller) wheels grinding getting excited about the launch. I couldn’t wait to try it because I knew they put their heart and soul into it.
The Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor is their first introduction of a connected monitor.
According to research from Dorel Juvenile Group, 72 percent of parents prefer to monitor their children on a smart device. I certainly do, how about you? But here are the problems with existing connected baby monitors on the market – the video quality is terrible, the battery life is worse, and the picture lags on a WiFi connection.
The Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor made video and audio quality a top priority when developing this product (I’m not surprised.) The battery life issue was solved by sound and motion activation – the smart unit stays in quiet mode and is only activated when a motion or sound is detected. Brilliant! Now my battery lasts up to 12+ hours. My Wi-Fi isn’t always great. Safety 1st uses industry-leading compression technology to be able to stream HD video and high-quality audio even on slower internet speeds, without lag or buffering. They even added an extra level of security (I’ve heard security can be an issue although I’ve never experienced it – knock on wood somewhere). They planted an encryption chip within the monitor (the first ever monitor to use physical security!) to keep the video feed secure.
The Monitor works with an app. on your smartphone – EEK you might be thinking (I was) – but they made the set up super easy. You have access to all of the monitors in your house, a 24 hour timeline to review moments (you can even take snapshots), social sharing capability, and an invite/share with another caretaker. I feel like this monitor could run my life soon.
The Camera features ultra-night vision (thank goodness because I can’t see anything in the dark), a 130 degree wide-angle view WITHOUT the need to pan & tilt, HD video quality, and custom smart alerts with individual settings for each parent.
The Audio Unit features sound & motion technology that eliminates unnecessary background noise (like my older kids?), audio streaming, 2 way talk (GO TO SLEEP!), a motion & sound activated light ring for visual feedback, and it’s wireless/portable within WiFi range (not through the cloud). Whoosh, that’s a lot. (Again, not surprised.)
So how much is this monitor, $500? Not even close. You can purchase it for $149 ($199 with both the camera and the Audio Parent Unit) at Amazon, Walmart.com, Buy Buy Baby and Target. Psst: You can purchase more than one camera if you need to.
Run, don’t walk to your computer or smartphone (wait, aren’t you already on it?) and purchase or register for this monitor ASAP.