Robots may be raising our children in the not so far off future.
This summer, innovative toy-making company Mattel will debut a new smart monitor called ‘Aristotle.’ Similar to Amazon’s Alexa, Aristotle responds to voice commands, but this platform has a more specialized purpose. While Alexa lets users browse the web, set alarms, listen to music, and perform various other capabilities, Aristotle will take care of babies.
The new Aristotle baby monitor will be able to lull babies to sleep with soothing music when they start crying. Plus, as soon as the baby starts crying, Aristotle will send a message to the parents’ smartphones.
And that’s not all it can do. Besides leading singalongs and reading bedtime stories, Aristotle alerts parents when they’re running low on diapers or other supplies. They can then order more through voice command.
Aristotle also features a smart light system. It provides a night light, changing light, reading light, and light dimmer to soothe the baby. It can even turn red or green when a child answers a question correctly or incorrectly. That’s right, the Aristotle baby monitor can also deliver lessons to your child and ask them questions. The platform includes both a parent mode and a child mode.
Replacing the parent?
According to Jim Mitchell, VP and GM of nabi, the high-tech brand functioning under Mattel: “Raising kids can be hectic and we saw a need for an IoT system that simplifies the complex and dynamic lives of families, while providing them with peace of mind. Our goal with the launch of Aristotle is to provide parents with a platform that simplifies parenting, while helping them nurture, teach, and protect their young ones.”
The best part? Aristotle evolves along with your child, adapting to his or her changing needs. With an AI platform that can do everything from lulling babies to sleep to teaching toddlers the ABCs and helping kids with their homework, who needs parents anymore?
Those hokey old sci-fi movies about robot nannies and electric grandmothers may not be too far off.