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CES 2019: 'Family Tech' Gadgets Appeal to Parental Anxiety

A woman models the Owlet Band pregnancy monitor.

The consumer electronics at this week's CES 2019 in Las Vegas included a number of "family tech" products tapping into parental anxiety.

Credit: John Locher/AP

This week's CES 2019 highlighted "family tech" products tapping into parental anxiety.

One example is Woobo, a sociable toy that talks in a child-like voice and makes chores that children might be less inclined to do more entertaining.

Also showcased were "contactless" baby monitors, including a device from Raybaby that uses radar to detect breathing patterns, and the computer vision-equipped Nanit baby monitor; the latter watches infants from overhead, measuring sleeping patterns by tracking the movements of a specially-designed swaddle.

Even more advanced is a pregnancy band from Owlet, which wraps around a pregnant woman's abdomen to track fetal heartbeats via electrocardiogram. The band sends a morning wellness report to a user’s smartphone app, with details including an expectant mother’s contractions and sleep positions, and warnings if fetal heartbeat or movements fall outside normal ranges.

From Associated Press
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