We don’t have a babyphone. In fact, we had one, but we never used it. And it seems like we’re the only ones. Also today, we had visitors with children that needed to take a nap in the afternoon. When sitting outside, you don’t hear them waking up so the parents are anxious as they will not hear their baby cry when it wakes up. (The bedroom is upstairs at the other side of the house).
A babyphone app would solve the inconvenience quick and easy – I install the app on one of the available smartphones around and I’ll place it in the bedroom of where the child is sleeping. The app works with and without video. The other smartphone with (receiving) app works through push & sound notifications so one get alerted when the child is awake. The parent on the other hand can check in whenever (s)he wants and check whether everything is ok at the other end.
I can imagine the stress levels would diminish gigantic ly as the parents involved that are less unease (with the situation having fun outside while their kid sleeps elsewhere). A great advantage is that distance isn’t a limited anymore. An internet connection suffice.
Although most people love kids and small children, a lot of commercial places are not really suited to receive them. When we were on the road in France, we wanted to stop somewhere where we could eat, relax a bit with the children playing nearby. This idea needs a good name and a website. The website shows a google map with pinpoints of child friendly places with brief descriptions of what you can expect. Also places that are not child friendly at all are added.
Apparently, it exist small scale already 🙂
The same theme could be applied to the theme of disabled people, pets, gays, …
My son is really interested in the world as a whole with a particular interest in the moon and stars. Apparently, he gave a lecture this week to his fellow scholars about the sun (who didn’t know!) and he’s only (almost) 4yo. I would love to tell him more about astronomy but although I kinda of enjoy watching skies from time to time, i have no profound interest in it to educate myself to know more about it. I just tell him what I know but I don’t think it’s enough 🙂
If there were (children’s) video education programs on youtube, intro’s to subjects so education/learning would be something of interest so people or children could hook in when they want, whenever they feel like it, i think children would easier discover what they are really passionate about. I realise it should come from video enthusiasts now but it could be so much more if the government would record lectures around topics and themes with several difficulty levels. I loved the concept of TED and DWDD University but bundled in thematical approaches this type education is something that brings it in reach of thousands that have no education but only need a screen and internet connection.
Perhaps this is something that Arnaud Raskin and his mobile school initiative could develop?
A travelling music festival slash theme park dedicated to music for small children up to 15 years old. The idea is to give them a first taste of the festival experience, without too noisy music, or too adultery stuff going on. The idea is that they can experience live music, festival food, dance halls, rock music, … and even camping.
GPS bracelets help you find back your (small) children when on holiday or going somewhere crowded. You give a child a GPS bracelet and an app on your smartphone tells you where they are. It can also be used to track people who sleepwalk on dementing people that escape from a retirement home. Or in schools, when young kids go on an outing, the guiding teachers are more counting than enjoying the outing.
Basically GPS Bracelets make sure your loved ones never get lost anymore.
In schools for instance; You can program the app that if someone is out-of-range of, let’s say, 25m an alarm goes off. Or if two people have the app (first and last in the cue) it says when someone is more than 5m out of the cue.
The GPS bracelets can also be used in custom GPS games for adult.
The hardware part can be ordered in bulk, programmed and personalized via NFC and the smartphone app. Extra entertainment and games is payable. There will also be a Google Glass and iWatch app with the same functionality as the GPS bracelet.
Thanks Sam Hermans for inspiring me on this idea.