Original article published in Dwell
Text by Margaret Rhodes
Photos by Jamie Chung
We gathered a list of new gadgetry for growing families and organized it around common threads—from security to creativity. We also spoke with the creators of noteworthy new inventions and spaces and asked them why their work will transform how we think about raising kids in a digital era. On their advice, we added some low-tech objects to the mix as well.
For families with kids, choosing how much technology to have in the home can produce no small amount of anxiety. The makers of the latest wave of devices aim to enhance rather than overwhelm your environment. Check out each of the topic-oriented articles below—including expert advice and the latest in product development.
Hear from Eyrún Eggertsdóttir, a mom-turned-entrepreneur who designed a sleep-aid sensation, and learn more about new products, including the W4 Hybrid Humidifier by Objecto.
Known for its design-minded spin on air-quality gadgets‚ Objecto has produced an ultra-quiet humidifier with an array of controls that‚ among other things‚ adjust mist output and aroma tabs to diffuse essential oils for wind-down time.
Photo by Jamie Chung
Read about Priya Patel & Esther Beke of 4|MATIV, the interior designers who are making classrooms more hands-on at Maple Street School in Brooklyn, New York. And check out several new products in this category, such as the Nanit Pro Camera.
“Monitor” is a funny word for the Nanit Pro‚ which goes beyond mere observation to track your baby’s rest via a breathing band and deliver a daily sleep report—plus tips on how to improve your little one’s snoozing.
Photo by Jamie Chung
Get the inside scoop on Dan Avida & Daphne Koller, the husband-and-wife duo trying to design a better online classroom, along with information on several new products—including the Logitech Pop Keys keyboards.
Hear from Meghan Talarowski, the landscape architect who is making playgrounds less predictable—and kids more resilient. Also, check out five new products, such as the pared-down Loog Pro Electric Guitar to encourage budding rockstars.
Hear from Dan Judkins, the former toy designer who is tackling tech for the “fourth trimester” with an innovative new breast pump from Willow.