10 new devices that help you keep tabs on your kids, and boost their development

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TempTraq – Temperature Monitor

This is a 24-hour temperature monitor in the shape of a patch that can be stuck under the arm of your baby or child. It wirelessly transmits data via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smartphone. The app provides you with a graph of your child’s temperature and allows you to note when they eat, drink, bathe, or take medicine. You can easily share this data with your doctor and receive alerts when there are potentially dangerous temperature changes.

TempTraq

It’s a smart idea, but it’s not on sale yet and we don’t know what the cost will be. TempTraq is currently being reviewed by the FDA.

Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots

Nothing we’ve looked at so far is really fun for kids, but these cute robots from Wonder Workshop definitely are a blast. If you want to help build your child’s problem solving skills and maybe plant some programming seeds, these robots could be the way to do it. They’re more than a modern day Big Track.

Dash & Dot

Dash & Dot work in conjunction with an Android or iOS app which they connect to via Bluetooth. Dash is on wheels and can move around, detect objects, and be programmed to follow fairly complex sequences of instructions. Dot is a ball that can detect when it is being moved and recognize Dash.

There are various apps available for different age groups with more in the works. They encourage children to learn the basics of computer science through a simple touch interface that employs music, animation, and stories. There are also various accessories for the robots to give them more abilities. You can get the Dash & Dot pack for $260 or buy Dash alone for $200.

Ozobot

If you like this idea, but the price is too steep then check out the $50 Ozobot which can be programmed through iOS or Android apps to move, play, dance, and more.

Baby Glgl – Smart Bottle

Now, instead of your mother-in-law telling you that you’re holding it wrong, the bottle itself can tell you. This baby bottle tracks your baby’s milk consumption and sends the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It also has an inclinometer built-in that lights up guiding arrows on the side to help you find the optimal angle for the bottle. The idea is to prevent your baby from swallowing air bubbles which can lead to gas or colic and sleepless nights.

Baby Glg

The Baby Glgl isn’t on sale until June and it will cost around $120.

Grush – Gaming Toothbrush

It can be be extremely tough to get your kids to brush their teeth properly. Enter Grush, a Bluetooth connected toothbrush that hooks up to your Android phone or iPhone and transforms brushing into a game. Sensors on the brush record your child’s movements and the action in the game on your smartphone corresponds with what they’re doing.

Grush

The app also records their tooth brushing activity over time, so you’ll know if they brushed their teeth. The Grush costs $60 and ships with two replacement heads and a clip for your smartphone to fix it to the bathroom mirror.

Pacif-i – smart pacifier

Would you believe that even your baby’s pacifier can be rendered smart? Blue Maestro’s Pacif-i monitors your baby’s temperature and transmits the data to an iOS or Android app using Bluetooth. The data is plotted in a graph and parents can add information on when medication was given and share the data with their doctor.

The Pacif-i can also act as a warning system when your baby strays too far, using a proximity sensor to send an alert to your smartphone if they exceed a preset range. That also means you won’t lose the pacifier when baby throws it out the pram. There’s even a buzzer alarm to help you find it when junior refuses to reveal its hiding place. The Pacif-i costs $40.

Pacif-i

We’ve reached the end of our baby and kids gadget roundup. Does anything catch your eye or do you think these gadgets are over the top?

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