Turn your baby’s crib into a sleep laboratory with the Nanit baby monitor

Nanit baby monitor gets tech savvier still with new Alexa integration

Even infants are now reaping the benefits of technology, as a number of big names in the industry (including executives from Diapers.com and Philips Medical) joined forces in 2016 to create Nanit, the first-ever camera that measures sleep behavior and patterns. And now, 18 months later, this 21st-century baby monitor has become even more tech savvy with the introduction of Sleep TipsTM, which provides parents with coaching tips to help their baby get a better night’s rest, and an Amazon Alexa integration.

“By analyzing a baby’s sleep cycle and delivering actionable insights specific to your baby’s age, sleep behavior, and visit patterns, Nanit is the only monitor that puts Baby’s sleep development in your hands,” said Nanit’s co-founder & CEO, Assaf Glazer. “We [were] thrilled to introduce these innovative new features at CES and look forward to continuing to help parents around the world improve their baby’s sleep and the overall sleep of the family.”

Nanit uses machine learning to provide sleep insights, including comprehensive sleep reports that promise to measure a baby’s behavior as she sleeps, all without the need for any sort of wearable component. It’s all thanks to the high-tech camera itself, which Nanit says has been “uniquely designed to track and analyze baby sleep patterns using smart algorithms.” The camera’s computer vision technology helps create benchmarks, count sleep interruptions, and contextualize milestones in individual sleep environments. This ought to show parents not only whether or not their baby is asleep, but provide information on the quality of rest as well.

And now that there’s an Alexa integration, you can ask your favorite smart home assistant how your baby slept, what time she woke up, or how many times you took her out of the crib. Among Nanit’s other impressive features include Sleep Quality Scores with Daily and Nightly Summaries, which are determined by a baby’s sleep patterns, parent interventions, sleep onset, and total hours of sleep; a high-quality live-stream that is not only optimized for night vision, but also provides time-lapse videos of baby throughout the day; a built-in nightlight and lullaby sound box; and the promise of extensive security measures that will keep your and your baby’s information private.

If you want to share sleep information with others, Nanit’s sharing capabilities allow parents to broadcast activity and insights with other family members and caregivers. And thanks to the Nanit companion app, all information will be stored and accessible in an easy interface. Nanit cameras range from $279 to $329, and the new Sleep Tips feature is available through the Nanit Insights app, which costs $10 a month or $100 a year.

Update: Nanit gets a new feature and Alexa integration.

Product Review

It's not a spy, but you still won't want to friend Facebook's Portal+

Facebook has jumped into the smart home game with the Portal+, a video-calling device featuring an Amazon Alexa speaker and a screen. While it has lots of cool calling features, we’re weary of Facebook taking up counter space in our home.
Smart Home

The best Alexa-enabled devices you can utilize with Amazon's Echo lineup

Ever since Amazon added the Dot, Tap, and Show to its Echo lineup, Alexa-enabled devices have exploded. Here's a guide to everything Alexa can control in your smart home, from lights to locks to appliances.
Smart Home

Plus, Dot, Spot, Show? Which Amazon Echo is the way to go?

Not sure just what Amazon Echo device with Alexa voice assistant you're looking for? Whether you're looking for great sound, smart home control, or a screened device, we've got you covered. Here are all the Amazon Echo devices, what they…
Emerging Tech

Here’s all the best tech gear and gadgetry that survived Shark Tank

The television show "Shark Tank" has churned out quite a few strange, interesting, and downright awesome products -- so we rounded up some of the best ones for your perusal. Enjoy!
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…
Deals

The best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…
Smart Home

Smoke it, BBQ it, or try sous vide! 6 alternatives to roasting turkey

Tie on your apron – here are the best ways to cook a turkey without opening an oven. These alternative cooking methods can produce a delicious Thanksgiving turkey without the need for an oven.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Smart Home

In the market for an Instant Pot? These are the four best

Instant Pots are perfect for people who don't have the kitchen space to store all kinds of appliances, minimalists who want to keep their homes lean and mean, and home cooks who love versatility in the kitchen.
Smart Home

Viral tweets remind us not to ask our parents how to microwave a turkey

People on Twitter decided it would be funny to ask their moms if it's OK to cook the main course for Thanksgiving dinner in the microwave. They were right. The responses were hilarious.
Computing

The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018

We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more…
Deals

The best Walmart Black Friday deals in 2018

Walmart has historically been the undisputed king of Black Friday deals. The mega-store is known for offering deals on products in almost every category, from smart TVs to children’s toys. We're combing through every deal as it is…
Smart Home

With Personal Food Computers, nerd farmers are finding the best way to grow

MIT research scientist Caleb Harper wants to grow basil designed to prevent heart disease. It involves a personal food computer, climate manipulation, and open sourcing food. One day, your doctor could prescribe you a diet of food grown…
Product Review

LG’s XBOOM WK9 smart display has solid sound ... for a price

Introduced way back at CES in January 2018, LG’s WK9 smart display is finally on store shelves. But how does it compare to other smart displays on the market? We took a look and a listen to find out.