Owlet’s Cam 2 baby monitor uses AI to predict if a child is truly crying

Owlet gives tired parents new tools to (hopefully) get a little more sleep than with a baby around the house. The company has launched the Owlet Cam 2, which uses AI and machine learning to decipher sounds from the nursery and determine if the baby is really crying. It sends parents an alert via the Owlet Dream app when it detects sound, movement or crying from the baby’s room. The camera can also send parents video clips of sounds and movements to view on their phone at any time.

The 1080p HD camera has the features of its predecessor, including 4x zoom, night vision, two-way talk and room temperature measurement. However, unlike the previous version which only comes in white, it also comes in Sleepy Sage, Dusty Rose and Bedtime Blue.

Owlet has also introduced a new predictive sleep technology feature for its system that automatically tracks baby’s sleep and waking windows when used with the company’s Dream Sock. As the name suggests, it can predict when baby might be ready to sleep and let parents know via the Owlet app – it can even adjust the child’s expected sleep window as they get older. This allows parents to plan their own rest times and other activities around baby’s sleep schedule.

Predictive Sleep will be available to both new and existing Dream Sock users through a firmware update scheduled for release today. Those who don’t have a Dream Sock can still take advantage of the feature by manually adding sleep sessions through the Owlet app.

The company originally sold its monitoring device as the Smart Sock, but was forced to pull it off US shelves after receiving a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the FDA found no safety concerns, the agency argued that it should be classified as a medical device because of its heart rate and oxygen monitoring capabilities. Owlet stopped selling the sock in the US last year in a bid to gain authority to market those features as part of the device offering. But the company put them back for sale in the US earlier this year under a new name: Dream Sock.

The Owlet Dream Duo, which bundles a set of socks with a second-gen camera, is available now for $439, but those who already have socks can pick up the second-gen camera alone for $159. In the US, buyers can purchase the devices from Owlet’s website, as well as from retailers such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.

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