New app-enabled dummy lets parents hook babies up to the internet

New Bluetooth dummy keeps tabs on kids over the internet

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Ever worried your baby isn’t high-tech enough? Finally you can plug your babies into the internet of things with a new Bluetooth-enabled pacifier.

Blue Maestro’s Pacifi costs £25, will be released on December 1, comes in a range of colours and is water- and dishwasher-proof.

The smart dummy features a temperature sensor, data from which is then fed to the accompanying app. The software can then plot out the baby’s temperature across a range of graphs, and alert parents if the data looks like it might indicate that their baby is ill.

The app, which can be downloaded for iOS or Android, adds to the slightly dystopian feel.

“Track multiple babies with multiple Pacifis,” the company’s promotional material for the app says.

The software can alert parents and carers that they need to take their baby’s temperature or give it medication, and can trigger notifications if their baby moves beyond a certain range. The smart Bluetooth, which Blue Maestro says keeps the battery usage low, can work over 75 meters.

The dummy also features a buzzer, which can be triggered if it is lost and parents need to find it again.

The battery can last for over a year, the company says.

Geir Langeland, director of sales and marketing at Nordic Semiconductor, which makes the chip inside the dummy, said: “I am sure all parents can remember a moment where they wished for a way to locate that misplaced pacifier.

“This illustrates how Bluetooth Low Energy can be used to solve (for some) this major problem”