Inventor and director of product management and hardware for Nest Maxime Vernon could be bringing the company back into the circle of innovation again. Nest, which is known for its smart thermostats, has not released a new product since being purchased by Google back in 2014 and it has not been in the headlines much following the turmoil with founder Tony Fadell.
With technology for children in mind, Google recently filed a patent application for a “Crib With Embedded Smart Sensors”. It is a smart cot that will learn the behavior of the baby and/or determine the conditions of the baby and/or the environment of the cot and/or the cot surrounding area. The cot will be designed to have one or more integrated sensors integrated, which by virtue of being integrated into the cot, may be noninvasive and require no physical set-up by the user. The integrated sensors in the cot, may mitigate the risks involved in placing foreign objects near and/or in a baby cot. The sensors may provide a desired monitoring of the baby cot without requiring separate wiring. Simply put various sensors and cameras will be embedded in different parts of the cot to keep track of things like the weight and movements of a child, as well as the room’s temperature or carbon monoxide levels.
As Nest’s fourth product, following their thermostat, smoke alarm and camera, it all sounds quite technical at the moment, but also quite promising, especially for parents who are natural worriers. We must admit we like the sound of a cot that combines conventional design with. True, it is still just an idea, but with baby technology products on the rise, I think Nest is definitely onto something.