Boardbug Baby and Toddler Wrist Monitor

If Dick Tracy was a father, he would own a Boardbug. It’s a wristwatch baby monitor! Strap a transmitter unit on your baby’s wrist and a receiver on your wrist. It has a range of 100 to 150 meters (depending on which retailer you read), monitors temperature in addition to sound, and the parent unit doubles as a digital watch. Three preset range modes let you set how far your toddler can travel away from you.

Marketing photo of the Boardbug baby monitor considing of two watch-like wrist devices

As near as I can figure, the BoardBug is only sold in the United Kingdom. (Does anyone have a U.S. lead?)

Offhand, I have several concerns.

1) Traditional chorded baby monitors often suffer from static. Wouldn’t a mobile transmitter and receiver be especially susceptible?

2) The receiver has a "find me" mode which activates an alarm on the baby’s wrist strap. This underscores my confusion as to why or how a parent could leave a toddler unattended in a situation where he or she could wander off or be abducted. As toddlers grow, sure, you give them more freedom, but something about this smacks me as wrong.

While you’re at it, while not strap a GPS unit onto your baby? That way you can pretend to be Dick Tracy and track down your child’s abductor after you leave your baby unattended and out-of-view.

Negative review of the Boardbug by Handbag.com

Glowing review of the Boardbug at Babyworld.co.uk.

Boots.com sells the Boardbug to UKers.

Comments

6 Responses to “Boardbug Baby and Toddler Wrist Monitor”

  1. Rob says:

    Wow. Sounds like they either have some production issues, or the reviewer over at Handbag is a little slow on the uptake. You know, like those folks you see on cable TV ads complaining about how hard it is to set up a Direct TV unit. Should these people be breeding in the first place?

    In any event, thanks for the heads up. This looks ideal for my situation.

    April 20th, 2006 at 12:14 pm

  2. Dan says:

    The “Find Me” feature is probably not meant to find the kid, but to find the kid’s watch after he takes it off and stuffs it behind the cushions.

    But the GPS – now that sounds like a great idea. Would the resolution be enough to use during a game of hide and seek? (That would be so unfair!)

    April 23rd, 2006 at 6:09 am

  3. Rob says:

    Alas, if only my television remotes had such features.

    And remember – it’s not the use of the GPS reciver that’s cheating. It’s attaching the homing device to the toddler.

    April 23rd, 2006 at 10:18 am

  4. Iryna says:

    Hi there, cant find FIND me Button on my boardbug.Is there any sugestions? But otherewise is OK.

    July 29th, 2006 at 7:47 am

  5. BeachMum says:

    Honestly,
    If you have two or more toddlers that take off at 90MPH in four directions at a park – THAT is why you need to have a FIND ME alarm. I find your comment, “This underscores my confusion as to why or how a parent could leave a toddler unattended in a situation where he or she could wander off or be abducted,” so blatantly stupid or perhaps you’ve never ventured out with two or more active toddlers? Baffling!

    June 28th, 2007 at 1:29 pm

  6. shelly says:

    Hey-I want a set of these wrist band monitors for my daughter that is due in 8weeks!!
    someone email me and tell me where to buy them! Please!!
    shelly

    August 22nd, 2007 at 2:50 pm