This robotic baby crib could help parents catch a few extra winks

Parents who find themselves getting insufficient sleep because of their newborn may now have a solution for this problem.

A bassinet designed by Swiss entrepreneur and designer Yves Behar has been created to help rock babies to sleep while parents continue snoozing.

Dubbed Snoo, the robotic crib is described by its creators as the world's first smart sleeper.

Photo: Happiest Baby

Snoo takes over parents' duties when it comes to comforting a crying baby. When it detects the baby crying or stirring in its sleep - something engineers from the MIT Media Lab worked on - the bed's rocking movement will intensify right until the baby goes back to sleep.

Sounds amazing, right?

To use it, parents must ensure their child is safely wrapped in Snoo's swaddle-suit that clips to the bassinet. The crib will not turn on unless the swaddle is securely hooked.

Photo: Happiest Baby

It also comes with an app that allows parents to monitor and review their child's sleep patterns.

Behar is no stranger to innovative creations as he is also the man behind tech products such as smart thermostat to robotic furniture that re-configures tiny apartments, lifestyle website Dezeen reported.

It added that Behar's product is the result of a five-year design process.

Behar, who is a father of four kids, said: "We essentially designed a robot that takes care of your baby at night."

Parents who are keen on nabbing themselves this sleek bassinet can get it for US$1,160 (S$1,617) off websites such as www.happiestbaby.com. And hopefully, they'll be able to drift into lala-land alongside their babies - without having to rise at odd hours anymore.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

 

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