Did you ever think to yourself, “I’m just too tired to push the stroller. I wish it could push itself sometimes.”? Well, good news, that time is actually closer than you think! While we all know about technologies that have revolutionized cars and homes, it’s time for the baby stroller to get in on the action. That’s right, a “smart stroller” called the SMARTBE might be strolling on streets near you in the future and you won’t believe what this buggy can do! This stroller reminds us of a super futuristic, pimped out version of the Bugaboo Donkey but with so much technology packed into one buggy.
Before we get into the technicalities, let’s just round up the most innovative features on the SMARTBE.
- An electric engine will push the stroller, even uphill or jogging
- Sensors will always keep the stroller within reach of parents and allow for gentle turns
- Smart stop technology will slow and brake the stroller in case of danger
- A built in rocker, bottle warmer, and music create a mobile nursery
- 3 different retractable canopies protect against the cold and rain, the Sun, or insects
- Internal and external cameras allow parents to use the SMARTBE APP to monitor their baby even if they are resting in the next room of a friend
- Safety features can allow only authorized personnel like parents and nannies to unlock the wheels of the stroller.
Do we have your attention now? Yep, the SmartBe will be like a robot stroller that pushes your baby for you. Sure, you have to be right there within reach, but you don’t have to touch this stroller to get it strolling with your baby.
Of course, we haven’t seen a prototype (besides the photos), and we do have some concerns like what if the sensors fail and the stroller takes off with the baby or do we really need our stroller to have a webcam and bottle warmer , it does have a sort of Jetsons type of feel. Yes, I dated myself again with the Jetsons reference. For those young folks, it means that it just has a very futuristic feel.
To be honest, when I got the email with the information about the SmartBe, I had to check the calendar and make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s Day. I’m hoping this stroller really makes it to market just out of sheer curiosity of how it will all work. Did you see that it has THREE different retractable canopies? Now THAT is full coverage, if you ask me! Plus, it can transform from single to double stroller without an additional cost. They say that, but I’m almost positive that second seat will cost additional. And I’m pretty excited about the fact that you could jog with the stroller without even touching the handlebar. It is more difficult to run while pushing something and you don’t have the full motion of both arms! This could be the answer.
We aren’t sure that every parent will love the super futuristic/modern look of the buggy but it will definitely be a head turner.
If you want to learn more about the SmartBe, here is all the information we have so far but stayed tuned because we’ll be on top of this one!
The stroller industry is about to join the Internet of things and receive game changing technological upgrades. The Smartbe ‘smart stroller’ contains state of the art technology previously reserved only for high-end luxury items like sports cars and smart home systems. The Smartbe will soon be offered at a pre-launch discount on Indiegogo.
Features include an electric engine that will be able to push the stroller while keeping it the perfect distance from parents, the ability fold at the touch of a button, and a system to rock your baby to sleep.
“I am the father of twins,” says serial entrepreneur Guillermo Morro, maker of the SmartBe, “and I know how uncomfortable it is to push an ordinary stroller through snow in Manhattan, up hills in San Francisco or jog along the path through the heat and humidity of Miami. So, Morro set out to design a better stroller, one that combines all the greatest technology to give parents and babies a better experience.
Smartbe – which is available through Indiegogo beginning Tuesday, January 19th – will be sold for between $900 and $2,900 dollars depending upon the features included. Every stroller can go from a single to a double without additional cost.
Additional SmartBe features include a bassinet or seat with three automated canopies that roll down to protect the baby from the elements, insects and UV rays; a climate controlled environment; the ability to vibrate and rock to help babies fall asleep; and bluetooth speakers to play music coming from your smartphone.
SmartBe is also the first self-propelled stroller. Turn on the self-propelled mode and the stroller will always stay within hands reach in front of you, even if you are jogging or running using an array of sensors. Assist-control mode allows you to continue to push the stroller, but the battery operated engines will do all the work making the whole stroller appear weightless and able to be pushed easily with one hand no matter how loaded it is with groceries or other items, even if you are walking up a steep street.
“Think of what mothers have to do when out with their babies,” says Morro, “parents need a new concept.” SmartBe contains a bottle warmer, a locker with a key to protect valuables, a webcam as well as a microphone to continually see and hear your baby through a smartphone app. With SmartBe, you can keep an eye on your baby even if she is asleep in the next room while you visit with a friend. “This new category stroller is like an entire nursery on wheels.”
Safety has been a top priority from the very beginning” added Morro. “A central processing unit continually monitors every component of the stroller and locks the wheels in case of any malfunction. When in self-propelled mode, a single tap on the handle bar freezes the stroller. Also, if the stroller goes beyond hand distance it automatically slows or stops.
The SmartBe team includes experts in industrial design, robotics, electronics, mechanical engineering, and product engineering. Guillermo Morro explains that all the technologies being used in SmartBe have already been used in other industries, but are being applied to create not only any industry disrupting stroller design, but also a stylish, minimalist device designed to fit every parent’s needs. “SmartBe is not new technology from the future,” says Morro, “it just feels that way.”
For more information on the SmartBe, we’ll post the Indiegogo link on January 19 when it goes live with videos and more information and photos.