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Are Wireless PJ’s the Cat’s Pajamas?

AT&T has announced some pretty interesting wireless devices, from Kindles to pill bottles. And now it’s moving into pajamas.

I know, you were probably thinking the old wired PJs were just fine. It turns out these are baby jammies, designed to assure nervous parents that their little ones are sleeping snug as a bug.

The babywear, from Virginia-based Exmovere, contains a snap-on transmitter that measures everything from a baby’s heart rate and skin temperature to her movement and moisture levels. The data is then zipped over to a PC, tablet or smartphone running special software that interprets the data to alert parents when the little one needs attention. (Hint, babies also come with a built-in mechanism for alerting parents. It’s called “crying.”)

The e-Js come in four sizes, covering tykes from birth to 12 months. I guess after that, it’s time to get them an iPad.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus