Keeping a close eye on your baby via your smartphone, computer, or tablet just got a little easier with two new WiFi baby home monitors launched at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
British-based BabyPing just unveiled its WiFi monitor, allowing parents to hear, view, and monitor their child from another room via an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Via its free app, BabyPing also offers security features and alerts to inform parents if their baby cries, if the WiFi connection has been broken, or if the monitoring iOS device is out of range.
The BabyPing Video Monitor will launch in the UK in February 2012 priced at GBP 149.99, available from Amazon and the company website.
Samsung has also just announced its brand-new WiFi video baby monitor, an IP-based WiFi video monitor that pairs with your home network and doesn't require any special software -- plus captures videos that can be instantly uploaded to YouTube. Once your camera is registered with Samsung, you'll be able to log in and view video activity at the company's SmartCam website via any smartphone, computer, or tablet. The device allows you to keep an eye on your baby in real time as long as you are no more than 350 feet/106 meters away.
The camera features infrared LEDs for low lighting, ideal for when your baby is sleeping, and a microphone and speakers for two-way talking. Samsung also offers free apps for mobile use on Android and iOS devices. The device will be available in March for $149.
High-tech baby monitors are an emerging trend this year, and another contender is the yet-to-be launched iBaby Monitor from iHealth, also showing at CES, for iPhones and iPads. Also, Evoz is a beta-version app that allows parents to listen to their baby from their iPhone or iPad from anywhere in the world, or watch using a WiFi-connected monitor. An Android version is expected to launch sometime this year.