Nest has been advertising its Dropcam with a series of clever commercials catching dogs misbehaving while their owners are away. Now imagine those commercials with infants instead of dogs.
Nest filed for a patent for a smart baby monitor in 2014, which was just published on Thursday. The monitor would connect to the crib and use thermal-imaging, pressure sensors, speakers, microphones, projectors, and air-quality instruments.
The crib would integrate with door sensors, home security systems, fire alarms, and other parts of the home to alert parents to any problems. The application mentions an app and artificial intelligence. “A machine learning algorithm may be applied to the data generated or obtained from the sensors of the crib,” it states. “Audio data obtained by a microphone may be analyzed for a child’s crying. Different cries may be associated with different needs of the child.”