Family First: Five of the Year’s Most Family Friendly Technologies
Technology is always finding new ways to make an impact on our lives, and our family lives are no exception. We won’t say no to any technology that improves the safety of our families, but we wouldn’t mind some enhancements to family time either. A number of new family friendly technologies were on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, so we’ve rounded up five of the most exciting products for you.
The popularity of family friendly mini tablets continues to boom, and for good reason – they offer an increasingly versatile selection of apps and features that make them ideal for children in almost any age group. Cute-yet-durable mini tablets are a great way to introduce your youngest to contemporary computing technology, while more advanced models can handle a wider variety of apps to engage older children. As the educational app market continues to expand with vigor, you simply can’t start too early when it comes to investing in your child’s future. If you’re getting them specifically for kids make sure you include a waterproof eReader case to protect it from damage.
You don’t need to install an expensive security system to keep an eye on the goings on in your home, you just need Piper. Piper is an easy-to-use yet technologically advanced home surveillance system that’s unobtrusive, affordable, and effective. Using video, motion detection and more, you can have Piper notify you, make a video recording, and sound a siren whenever it detects activity in your home while you’re away.
Helios Bars are a dream come true for the parents of kids with bikes – that is to say, almost all of them. They attach to the handlebars of any bike, and add a number of potentially lifesaving features. These features include a brilliant LED headlight, rear LED turn signals, and a GPS tracker that uses SMS to send coordinates and Google Maps link to its location. Helios bars also come with ambient lighting, as well as the ability to connect via Blue-tooth for turn-by-turn navigation.
You want to be sure that your kids are brushing their teeth properly every night, but there’s not always time to stand and watch them. That’s where the Kolibree Toothbrush comes in. This smart toothbrush collects all sorts of brushing information, and it’s useful for adults as well. Feedback provided by the Kolibree Toothbrush will show you frequency, duration, as well as neglected zones in your mouth.
No matter the size of your home, it’s often difficult to know exactly where family members are at any given moment. Mother solves that problem with four mobile sensors that can be placed anywhere to monitor movement. That’s not all, Mother is capable of providing you with all sorts of other information, like room temperatures, how well your kids are sleeping, and if they’ve brushed their teeth. Overall, Mother can monitor up to 24 different pieces of information and send them to you via text or e-mail. These innovative new products mark the beginning of a new era in smart, connected homes. As more companies look for their own pieces of this developing market, we expect to see even more family friendly technologies on display at next year’s show.