The days of a simple ‘open mic' baby monitor are far behind us. Netgear's Arlo Baby solution comes disguised as a bunny, kitten or puppy with a 2,440mAh rechargeable battery, AC633 WiFi speed and a host of detectors for motion, temperature and air quality – all inside a 330 gram body. We asked Netgear's Lionel Paris to give us a demo.
The HD video itself can be streamed 5 times at once. Netgear has included a free cloud-based recording system that offers a rolling 7 days of viewing, so you can back up the video while 4 guardians keep watch in real time. That H.264 30fps video can roll in full colour when the room is lit or switch to a night vision mode with an effective range of 8 metres in the dead of night. Here are some shots of Arlo Baby in ‘Green Bunny' disguise.
Arlo Baby can notify you if someone moves within 17 metres of the crib, if the room gets too warm/cold of if your baby starts crying for any reason. You can then choose to race through your house to inspect the nursery in person – or initiate 2-way communication with the mic and speaker. You can get the full tech spec over here.
KitGuru says: The modern mum (or dad) will have a dizzying array of baby security options in the future – with fully encrypted streams of HD video available anywhere in the world. Arlo Baby certainly promises to keep baby snoozing peacefully from $249, but at what cost to the parent's REM sleep?