2017 Home & Garden Show: Life-changing products for babies, seniors and everyone in between
March 3, 2017 9:06 AM
A child wearing the Mimo wearable baby sensor, which monitors his breathing patterns and body temperature and relays the data to parents in real time.
(for pics of baby and monitor screen) The Mimo wearable baby monitor, which tracks a baby's breathing patterns and body temperature and relays the data to parents in real time.
The GrandCare system allows seniors to take their blood pressure or temperature and send the results to their doctor. It also lets their adult children know if they are taking their medicine and allows seniors to have encrypted video chats with their doctors.
June is a new smart oven that knows what you put inside and cooks it accordingly.
Sony light bulbs double as audio speakers. Screw them into a regular light socket to listen to music anywhere in the house.
Moorebot, a voice interactive personal robot developed by Pilot Labs, sings, reminds you of calendar appointments, takes family pictures and reads bedtime stories to your children.
By Kevin Kirkland / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three years ago, Boyce Thompson planned to bring 10 Life-Changing New Products to the Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. He brought 13 instead.
The Bethesda, Md., author, consultant and former editor of Builder magazine couldn't stop at 10 in 2015 or last year, when he brought at least a dozen items to demonstrate for home show visitors.
This year, he has 13 products ranging from a wearable baby monitor to an oven that knows exactly how to cook what's inside it. Several times a day throughout the 10-day show, Mr. Thompson will demonstrate and discuss his top 10 new products along with three others on the second level of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Here's a glimpse of five of them:
Mimo wearable baby monitor: A watched baby never sleeps, but parents can feel as though they are right there in the nursery with this sensor built into a onesie and an app that relays their child's breathing patterns, skin temperature and body position to a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Mr. Thompson is also bringing a Nest Cam that will send pictures of your slumbering baby to your phone.
GrandCare Systems health monitor and communications: How do you know if your elderly parent is taking his or her medicine or eating regularly? This system combines a large touch-screen monitor, small sensors and wireless thermometers and blood-pressure cuffs to allow someone to age in place while also staying in contact with doctors and adult children. Seniors can even have an encrypted video chat with their doctors or Skype with kids or grandkids.
Moorebot interactive personal robot: By 2020, one in 10 households are expected to have a personal robot. Let's hope they all smile like Pilot Labs' Moorebot, which can sing, remind you of appointments, take a family picture and read a bedtime story to your kids. It can also mimic human head and eye movements, which means it's the perfect greeter if you're having a party.
June smart oven: If making dinner is a scary proposition, turn it over to June. No, not June Cleaver (she might mess up her pearls!). This June is a smart convection/conduction oven that knows what's inside and the best way to cook it. A built-in thermometer tells when meat is done to your specification, and an app allows you to check its progress.
Sony lightbulbs/speakers: Talk about a bright idea! These LED bulbs change color and double as speakers. Screw them into any standard light socket and program them to wake you up in the morning. You can listen to music on your smartphone anywhere in the house or use them to lull the baby to sleep (and then monitor her on your Mimo and Nest Cam)!
Mr. Thompson and his Top 10 Life-Changing New Products will appear at 5 and 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon, 4 and 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 11 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Sunday.
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