Thursday, April 20th, 2006
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.
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.