A new baby monitor called Nanit gives a bird's eye view of your baby's sleep. A new baby monitor called Nanit gives a bird's eye view of your baby's sleep. A new baby monitor called Nanit gives a bird's eye view of your baby's sleep. (Photo: Anna Grigorjeva / Shutterstock)

The baby monitor gets a 21st-century makeover

This new device learns how your baby moves, tracks room conditions and delivers a highlight reel video of how your baby slept.

Taking a common household appliance and giving it a 21st-century upgrade has been a favorite pastime of entrepreneurs the world over. An oven that senses when food is done and turns itself off? A lawn sprinkler that knows when your plants are thirsty? An air conditioner that automatically adjusts its output based on where you are in the house?

A baby monitor that keeps a running log of your child's sleep and produces a highlight reel for parents to watch every morning?

Yeah, that last one's a real thing now, thanks to Nanit, a new baby monitoring system developed by a group of scientists, designers and parents from Israel and the U.S. that gives parents a super-advanced view of their child's sleep.

The device consists of a motion-sensing night-vision camera that feeds data into a smartphone app. But unlike so many baby monitors currently on the market, this one does much more. Nanit tracks how many times the baby wakes up, calculates the temperature and humidity in the room, counts how often a parent tended to the baby, how long it took the baby to fall asleep, and total hours of sleep. It also includes a night light and a white noise maker.

“What Tesla is doing for cars, we are doing for baby cameras,” CEO Assaf Glazer, a graduate of Israel's Technion Institute who studied computer vision and machine learning, told Fortune. Glazer said he came up with this very futuristic idea the old-fashioned way – personal experience. As a father of two young boys, he wanted a way to monitor their sleep habits but found conventional video monitors virtually useless. So he applied his own background and, essentially, invented his own "smart" monitor.

Nanit's camera hovers over your baby's crib and feeds data into a smartphone app.Nanit's camera hovers over your baby's crib and feeds data into a smartphone app. (Photo: Courtesy of Nanit)

“Like most scientists, I’m driven by curiosity," Glazer said. When I had my son four years ago, I really wanted to understand his behavior, make sure he was safe and healthy, and be the best parent to him that I could. And if I could get some sleep while accomplishing all of this, even better. We’ve added in all of the features that parents like ourselves would want, and we’ve found that by helping our babies sleep better, we sleep better too.”

Nanit is available for preorder on the company's website and will ship in the late fall.

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