Image: Hugh Threlfall
March 06 2012
I have been a fan of loopy Paris electronics company Withings for years, but only now have I realised why it’s called that. (The French don’t usually do Ws, do they?) It was as I admired this amazing new wireless baby alarm that it struck me: the name means “wireless things” and is a smart reference to the much chattered about “internet of things”, the Tomorrow’s World-ish, smart-devices-talking-to-one-another model that we are very slowly moving towards.
Like the Wise Woman of Putney in Blackadder, of whom the first thing you needed to know was that she was a woman and the second that she was wise, the Withings Smart Baby Monitor is exactly what it says, but more. It streams video, audio and other data from and to your baby via an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, whether you’re in another room or in Brazil, and does so in a zillion brilliant ways – you can see and talk to baby, zoom in, view him in the dark and switch on soothing nightlights. Exemplary gadgetry. Makes me quite broody.