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Watch a baby test out this smart infant seatIs the 4moms MamaRoo really as good as an extra pair of arms?
[MUSIC] Today we're taking a look at the 4moms mamaRoo which is basically the smart bluetooth connected baby seat slash bassinet thing that imitates the way that parents rock their babies to sleep. So we brought the mamaRoo over to the Smart Home and brought my seven week old son, Idrus, to test it out. So essentially what 4moms did was they observed real life parents to see how they moved and the speed at which they moved when they were rocking their kids to sleep. And then they created this device that actually imitated that same range of movement and speed of movement to simulate sort of an extra pair of arms for parents who need it. That bass mechanic actually worked really, really well. My son really liked it, and we could get him to fall asleep. We got him to be engaged when he was awake. He enjoyed being able to move around in this kind of natural way. Generally, it just was a positive thing. The trouble is,with a device like this that costs $270, You expect the extra smarts to really stand out as well and they just don't. This mobile right here for example really it's pretty cheap looking. I mean it doesn't have any kind of connectivity to it, it has these sort of fluffy balls but nothing is hanging down for him to reach for. It kind of is disappointing. He gets bored with it within a few minutes. The other big shortcoming is the speaker system. So the sound quality is really bad, the volume is really low. They aren't Bluetooth connected like the actual device itself is so I have to walk across the room and plug it In to the device with this tiny little cord right here which defeats the purpose of it being hands free. So the mamaRoo is actually really cool for people who need an extra set of arms to put their baby to sleep because they just don't have time or need to get work done. But if you're somebody who's looking for those extra connected goodies like a cool mobile or good bluetooth speakers, this just isn't going to fulfill that need. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]