Garmin International has announced what it claims to be the first in-vehicle video monitor with navigation. The product called babyCam will be in stores by January 2016 at a suggested price of US$199.99.
BabyCam is a video monitor that works in conjunction with any compatible Garmin GPS navigator. Its USP is that it allows the user to monitor the child’s activity in the backseat while simultaneously receiving directions for the destination.
The device can be mounted to the front- or back-seat headrest, while its adjustable viewing angle can be used to monitor multiple children at the back. Users can switch between navigation and babyCam by pressing a button on the screen or by using voice command available with compatible navigators; availability of voice commands aids in safety as the driver need not take his hands of the wheel to access the function.
For situations where light is low and turning on the interior light can lead to the small passenger waking up, Garmin has equipped the cam with night vision. After reaching the destination, the babyCam also reminds the driver to check the backseat. This prompt is useful as it can avert any incidents where children are locked unattended inside the vehicle. The cam is baby friendly too, as it is devoid of any sharp edges and also does not have any wires attached, mainly because it runs on power supplied by two AA batteries; a USB cable can be purchased separately to alternatively power the device.
Announcing the new product, Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of worldwide sales, said: “We are excited to be the first company to create a new product category that integrates passenger video monitoring with GPS navigation. Having to awkwardly turn around or pull over on the side of the road to check on your child is simply unsafe. With babyCam, parents can easily monitor children as often as they need while running daily errands.”