A programmed cot that feeds, changes, entertains and shields a baby
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Goran Radanovic Jan 21, 2022
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A cot designed to do all the things that a nanny would such as rocking, feeding, changing and singing to a baby.
- Save money by not hiring a nanny.
- Perfect if you don't trust anyone to look after your child.
- Usable when you're in or out of the house.
How it works
Four extendable hands are attached to each corner of the cot, which hoards nappies and prepared warm bottles. The four hands will change nappies and lower a bottle to the baby.
Parents can program, via the keypad, the cot when to feed, rock, play music and change the baby. If it's AI-powered, the cot changes the baby's nappies when it senses an odour. When it detects a baby crying, the AI will rock the cot and lower a bottle.
The cot can have a camera so that parents who are away can monitor the cot and instruct it to do what they want via an app. The cot's camera can be linked to house cameras. When the AI camera detects an intruder via the house camera, it shields the cot. That brings me to protection...
If AI-powered, the cot can shield the baby, covering it with titanium panels while providing oxygen. The cumbersome cot's weight will prevent intruders from picking it up, and the titanium panels will protect the baby from a fire or other hazards.
Do you think it's viable, and how would you make it better?
Human presence is necessary for a growing child
Povilas S Jan 21, 2022
I don't think that any of us would want to have a childhood where one was grown by a robot. And not the Steven Spielberg AI type of robot, but a robotized cot. Also, any developmental psychology book will confirm that this is not a good idea, especially if done extensively.
On one hand, the idea is valuable to an extent for situations where parents are super busy and there's no one to change the diapers or otherwise take care of the child, a job done by a robot is better than nothing, but on the other, this only promotes carelessness from parents side. If a mechanized system can take care of the child, there's more time for your business or whatever activities seem "more important" to you.
We already live in a "lack of time for everything" society. When technology saves time by doing practical chores for us it's good, but when it comes at a price of human connection and values, it's not.