New self-propelled stroller launches crowdfunding campaign

Will this stroller run away with your baby?

A New York-based company, Smartbe, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for an interesting concept, the world’s first intelligent self-propelled stroller.

The company’s founder and father of twins, Guillermo Morro, said he developed the technology because he knew “how uncomfortable it is to push an ordinary stroller through snow in Manhattan, up hills in San Francisco or jog along the path through the heat and humidity of Miami.”

Designed by a team of industrial designers, robotic, electronic mechanical and product engineers, the stroller is powered by an electric engine and connects to a smartwatch and will maintain a close but safe distance to the wearer whether they are running, walking or stationary.


Smartbe has also included technology that makes the stroller fold at the touch of a button, and a system to rock baby to sleep. The unit also features a bassinet or seat with three automated canopies that roll down to protect the baby from the elements, insects and UV rays; a climate controlled environment; and bluetooth speakers to play music from from your smartphone so your baby can listen to some smooth jazz while they journey into the great unknown.


Read more: 5 ways to extend your smartphone's battery life

The stroller was launched on crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.com, on 19 January and is being offered for between $US399 and $US3199 dollars depending upon the features included. Smartbe said every stroller can go from a single to a double without additional cost.

Morrow claims safety had been one of the top priorities during the design process.

"A central processing unit continually monitors every component of the stroller and locks the wheels in case of any malfunction. When in self-propelled mode, a single tap on the handle bar freezes the stroller. Also, if the stroller goes beyond hand distance it automatically slows or stops,” he said.

With units not scheduled to ship until April 2017, the company may find it hard to attract customers willing to put their baby’s safety in the hands of a machine no matter how much functionality it providers.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphoneindiegogosmart strollerSmartbe

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Chris Player

Chris Player

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?