News by Andrew Kameka on Monday March 31, 2014.
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The race to add any and everything to a smartphone approached the "because you can" territory long ago, and Samsung has a new feature that some will see as overkill but others will view as useful - a baby monitor. According to Soyacincau, the Galaxy S5 contains a "Baby crying detector" in the Accessibility section. The feature works by linking with one of the Samsung Gear wearables and then placing the phone within 1 meter (3.29 feet) of the baby in a place with no background noise. If the child begins to cry or make noise, the phone will send an alert to the Gear as a warning to check on him or her.
The setting comes with Samsung's legalese warnings about paying attention to your baby and not leaving the child unattended in a house alone, which is standard for any baby monitoring product. Curiously, I wonder if that's a sign that this might replace monitoring for some people. This set-up doesn't let someone actually hear the child cry, so parents or caregivers don't gain as much information as they might with a traditional monitor. However, it might be just enough for someone who needs to know when to check on a sleeping baby and nothing more.source: Soya Cincau, via: Into Mobile
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