When my son Ashton was born, I was 24 and only had a few pennies in my name. Fortunately, we had good support from family and friends who helped us through baby showers and with other gifts but my wife and I had some difficult balances to do when it comes to building the rest of our son's nursery. One of the purchases we thought was important was a monitor so we could see Ashton, even when we were not in the room.
Reflecting on that experience led us to the design for Owlet Cam. Security, innovation and value for money were of the utmost importance. Below are 11 reasons why I think you should consider Owlet Cam over other options.
1. Keep in touch wherever you go
The Owlet Cam connects directly to your smartphone so you can literally see your baby from anywhere. In fact, I am writing this on the way to the airport and guess who I just checked in – my 4 month old son who is now 30 miles away. The peace of mind that it gives you to associate with your loved ones while you are at work, traveling or departing on a much-needed date with your spouse is invaluable.
2. Growing with your child
One of the most frustrating things about buying all your bags is that you understand that most clothes, toys and gear will only be you the first year. There is a lot of money to spend just to put everything in a wardrobe a year later! The Owlet Cam converts comfortably to a babysitter camera or even a home camera, even after your baby has passed the one-year brand. The flexible mounting system makes it easy to place above a crib or simply place it on a bench in your kitchen. We have three Owlet Cams in our home – one for kids, one in our older children's room and one downstairs.
3. As mobile as mobile gets
Being tied to a traditional screen can be frustrating but the only thing I never am is my phone. Whether you work out in the yard or down in the basement, my phone is at my side and with the help of the Owlet App I can see and hear my little from anywhere.
4. 1080p picture quality
I use my video camera to do two things – first to make sure my children are okay and to see if they are awake or not. With many other baby monitors, the picture quality is so poor that they do not even tell you the resolution you get. There is nothing more frustrating than staring at a light screen in a dark room in the middle of the night and trying to joke and see what happens. The Owlet offers full HD 1080p picture quality with clear night vision so you won't be surprised.
5. Designed to be the safest camera on the market
When I set up a baby monitor, I try to get the best possible angle for my child. The problem is that the cord must be 3 meters away from the crib, which does not always allow the best view. The Owlet Cam comes with a cable guard kit so you can safely mount the camera just above the crib. It also comes with a secure cable container that you can put in excess wire in. It's not just what is designed to be safer, but it also looks much better!
6. Really safer than traditional child monitors
Owlet uses the same encryption technology that the banks do to send data. Our connection is peer to peer which means that we do not directly stream video data to the cloud. Our wireless signal is actually safer than a traditional baby monitor!
7. It doesn't look like R2D2
Why is it that I think of Star Wars when I look at most child monitors? We know how important it is that you have a nursery and a home you are proud of. Owlet's award-winning design fits into the nursery and your home.
8. Bird's eye view
Most child monitors do not have a safe option to mount above the crib, in addition to the poor image quality, you are left with a poor angle. With the Owlet Cam you can easily and securely mount the camera over the baby's crib for the perfect viewing angle.
9. Integrates with Owlet Smart Sock
If you own an Owlet Smart Sock, you will probably have a video camera as well. Owlet Cam makes it easy to see everything you want to know about your baby in one place. When you connect the Owlet Cam and Smart Sock together, you can see your child's heart rate and oxygen levels while running video and audio directly to your phone.
10. Several cameras on the same app
Owlet makes it easy to have multiple cameras connected to the same app account so you can check in on the twins or triplets, toddlers and baby in one place. It lets you not only get all your kids in an app, but share your app login info with the ones you trust allowing your partner, grandparent or childcare provider also keep track of the little ones.
11. Get smarter over time
Owlet Cam is a connected device that allows you to receive over the air updates. Since the launch of Owlet Cam, our team has already submitted 5 updates that enhance the experience and make it even smarter. You can expect the features and functionality to grow over time.