Withings Baby Monitor makes its official, expensive US debut

The Withings Baby Monitor has already been available in the UK for sometime now and recently made a splash over at the FCC. Now the iOS accessory is finally for sale here in the good ol' US-of-A, for the rather staggering price of $299. That's right, this sensor-packed web cam probably costs more than your handset. Then again, that $20 set of audio-only monitors you picked up at Walmart can't keep you abreast of the temperature and humidity in your child's sleeping quarters or let you watch your newborn sleep with the aid of a night vision mode. You can get the associated WithBaby app for free in the iTunes App Store now. The only question is, whether or not you love your baby enough to spend $300 on an iPhone accessory. We won't judge you either way. Check out the PR after the break.

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Withings Announces the US Release of its Smart Baby Monitor

Combining world-class technology and sophisticated design, Withings gives parents a way to monitor, interact and communicate with their baby from anywhere around the world

Paris, France – February 29, 2012 – Today, French technology company Withings announces the US availability of its Smart Baby Monitor for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Withings Smart Baby Monitor, including the accompanying application named WithBaby, is a modern take on traditional baby monitors and gives parents a new way to monitor and interact with their children.

The award winning Smart Baby Monitor was developed with both technology and design in mind. Withings has produced a device that not only looks stunning, but also gives parents important information on their child's environment and allows them to interact with their child remotely and easily. The Smart Baby Monitor detects sound, movement, temperature and humidity levels. Parents can also interact with their baby by speaking through the phone to the monitor, turning on/off lullabies and nightlight.

The design of the product is sleek, modern, simple and unobtrusive. The monitor's hinge design allows parent to open the camera to activate it or adapt it to the right vision angle. People simply flip the camera shut to turn it off and stop camera monitoring. Unlike traditional monitors, the Withings Smart Baby Monitor was made for iPhone users in mind. It does not consist of two physical objects (the camera and the receiver), however it's a smart sensor (camera) alone that communicates with the existing connected screen (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).

The Smart Baby Monitor features a high-resolution 3MP camera, extra wide view lens and night vision with infrared LEDs. The Smart Baby Monitor's camera also features a 4X zoom that allows users to zoom in on every detail of the baby's room and move around it. Night vision mode automatically switches on when dim lighting is detected.

The Smart Baby Monitor is equipped with a two way microphone that allows parents to hear their child at all times and also interact and sooth their child even when they are not physically in the room. If the WithBaby application is closed, parents can still monitor and hear the child at all times while it runs in the background.

Another feature allows parents to control the music (lullabies) that plays in the room through the monitor and can change songs right from the living room, the office or from anywhere in the world. Alarms may also be set to alert parents of baby sleep disruption based on parameters such as activity/movement, audio levels and temperature/humidity. These alarms are completely customizable by the user.

Connectivity is made easy for users so the user never has to get anxious with configuring his/her product. The Withings Smart Baby Monitor can by connected via a Wi-Fi hotspot in your home or via Ethernet cable (with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch connected to the internet using WiFi or 3G connection). You can also use it via Bluetooth to your phone when you're not connected to the Internet.

The Smart Baby Monitor is now available from for $299. The free WithBaby application is available now from the Apple App Store.

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About Withings:

Withings designs, develops, and industrializes connected objects. Withings is a French start-up established by two executives from technology and telecom industry. With a focus on innovation and design for everyday products, Withings introduced in September 2009 its first-of-its-kind WiFi Bodyscale in the world. Withings is an actor of the Internet of Things and strives to increase the capacities of an object by adding network resources. The object's interfaces are also ported to devices like mobile phones or computers, to benefit from their resources. Withings makes internet connected objects including the WiFi Body Scale, Smart Blood Pressure Monitor, the Smart Baby Monitor and coming soon the Smart Baby Scale.