Amazon Echo Show and Arlo Cameras for Our Baby’s Nursery

My wife and I are excited to receive the Amazon Echo Show that became available for pre-order. I have installed and integrated the Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot throughout the house and this works great in most cases. It’s nice to be able to turn on lights or start some background music while carrying the baby from the living room to the nursery.

Amazon recently announced a new product in the “Alexa” powered line of devices called the “Echo Show”. This internet-connected device has many features including the normal Alexa experience with video. You can ask Alexa to show you recipes, music lyrics, or the output of a camera.

Voice responses from Alexa are now enhanced with visuals and optimized for visibility across the room. Call or message your family and friends that also have an Echo or the Alexa App, get the news with a video flash briefing, see your Prime Photos, shop with your voice, see lyrics with Amazon Music, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All you have to do is ask.

 

Echo Show has eight microphones and beam-forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo Show is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive audio powered by Dolby. When you want to use Echo Show, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo Show responds instantly.

I am interested to see how this will work with our nursery and how to use it for the grandparents. I went ahead and pre-ordered two of these devices in the hopes that I can get them to work with baby monitors and allow my parents to video chat with us. I see that Arlo cameras will work with the Amazon Echo Show at launch and I wonder how many other cameras will be supported after the launch.

Teddy Bear Sends Notifications to Dad

Andy travels a lot for his job and he often wonders if his child thinks of “dear old dad.” Andy created a Do-It-Yourself hack modifying a teddy bear to send notifications. When his daughter plays with the bear, it sends him a notification to his phone. Andy hacked an Amazon Dash Button – the very same buttons that I mentioned before for automatically ordering baby formula.

The buttons connect to your Wi-Fi network and send a message when they are pressed. He catches the message using a Raspberry Pi and then creates a notification for his mobile phone.

Maybe as a next step, Andy could add some haptic feedback to the teddy bear so that the bear tells his daughter that he got the notification. This would close the communication loop.

Learn how to build your own Wi-Fi connected Teddy Bear at Andy’s Projects.

Twilight Turtle Nightlight and Star Projector

I recently posted about trying to find a star projector that looked realistic. A friend of mine on Facebook recommended the Twilight Turtle from cloud-b. The Twilight Turtle doubles as a plush toy and a nightlight. The plush turtle can be moved around since it is battery-powered. The turtle comes in multiple colors and features a 45 minute sleep timer. cloud-b says that the Twilight Turtle, “transforms nurseries and bedrooms into a starry sanctuary that comforts and calms children.”

Twilight Turtle Nightlight

Thanks for the recommendation!

Has Anyone Tried a Star Projector in the Baby Nursery?

I love stars. I want to share that love in our upcoming baby’s nursery. Has anyone tried a star projector? Do they actually turn your walls and ceiling into a night sky? I am looking at buying the Essential Choice – Constellation Projector and Baby Night Light… They said it is “new and improved” and that makes me wonder what the differences might be. I would like the stars to look somewhat realistic and be in constellation patterns.

Nursery Star Projector

There are many nursery star projectors to select from at Amazon.com and not sure which one is the clear winner. I would pay more to have it look like real stars. Let me know what you think?

Use the Amazon Dash Button to Order Similac Formula

Have you ever forgotten to order formula and had to run out to the store at the last-minute? If so, this is a quick upgrade to your nursery. All you need to do is add an Amazon Dash Button to your nursery. You press the button when you notice that you are running low on formula. The formula of your choice gets ordered from Amazon and delivered within two days.

The Amazon Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders your favorite product with the press of a button. Each Dash Button is paired with a product of your choice, which is selected through the Amazon App on your Android or iOS smartphone during the set-up process.

There are other Amazon Dash Buttons available and even one that you can hack yourself if you know some “internet of things“.