As a parent, are you ever faced with a situation where your child could be running a dangerously high temperature, but you could only be bothered to check on it in a half-assed manner via line of sight? Well then Babyglow (and it’s INCREDIBLY creepy website) is just the thing you’ve never dreamed of!
How does baby glow work? Well supposedly, the suit turns to white (or at least a lighter shade of pink) when a baby’s temperature exceeds 98.6 degrees F. Nevermind the fact that children, as well as adults, can vary in normal temperature. Let’s assume that it does what it says it does all of the time and why that is still totally flawesome.
It’s easy to imagine that selling products to parents can be a lucrative —and sometimes easy— gig. Parents (especially new parents) are under a lot of emotional stress, and are saddled with incredible uncertainty. Paranoia abounds! And (at least with any good parents) a product that might marginally improve the livelihood of their newborn will garner a look. The whole premise is totally flawed.
If you’ve never seen the above illusion, squares A and B are the same shade of gray. What does that illustrate? That color shades are extremely subjective. Too subjective, perhaps, to assign to the safety of your child. Here’s the same idea taken to a different extreme:
If you saw this travesty in your next car, you might be inclined to believe the people (possibly at Tesla) had gone off their rockers. “I can’t tell how fast I’m going with colors!” you’d exclaim. The highway signs don’t read “Speed Limit: Midnight Blue“, at which point the obvious conclusion becomes that color tones and shades are not a particularly great way to differentiate things that have more than two states (as in on/off or go/stop). Babyglow has pretty much the same problem; unless the outfit is going to turn from dark purple to bright green when going from ‘acceptable’ temperatures to ‘dangerous’, telling the difference between pink and danger-level-pink is going to be a bit of an adventure, and not the fun kind. This endeavor would be better served if modeled off pregnancy tests; a plus sign means the baby is HOT HOT HOT.
Fortunately for budding child enthusiasts (I’m talking about parents here), there’s a host of other tools to help you find out if your child is too hot.
Thermometer – These things have been around for centuries, and are pretty much entirely safe at this point. They can give you an exact temperature, and then you can call your doctor, or find out online (even in fits of paranoia), whether or not your baby is hot or HOT.
Your fingers – Incidentally, since color changing heat-sensitive baby clothes and thermometers haven’t exactly been around for the hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution and civilization, we humbly have a rather good intuition as to whether or not another smaller human being is too hot or not. It’s also why people can tell when others have a fever, without resorting to thermochromic hand towels.
The baby – When something is wrong with a child, it’s not always obvious, but by and large, there are indications. Children are a virtual megaphone of every ill brought down upon them; besides, if the parent had the time to check the color of clothes their children wear every few minutes (for several weeks of sleepless nights), they could probably be bothered to touch, hold, and observe them too. All excellent ways to tell if there’s something amiss with the infant.
It’s just hard to see the real utility of this fear-driven product. There’s plenty of better, but more importantly, more reliable ways to find out if your child is over-heated without resorting to the overly subjective nature of color perception. This product serves little purpose, but will likely find a home in many households just because parents are willing to do ANYTHING to keep their child safe. Which is unfortunate, if only because better solutions have existed, and will continue to exist for decades to come; solutions that are not totally flawesome.No comments
I don’t know why this stupid product is making the rounds on the tech/gadget blogs, but I’m glad people are talking about it, because now, so can I. The Cocodrill is punch that makes a whole in a young coconut, so you can put a straw in it, and drink the water. Because, you know, THAT’S a situation you find yourself in more often than not. “How am I going to get this straw in this young coconut, so I can drink the coconut water inside??”
Check out the page on rawnori.com to see how it works…or I can just tell you right now. You take that metal thing with the handle, and poke it into the young coconut to make a hole in it. Then you pull it out of the coconut. That black plastic piece at the bottom-right of the pic is a poker to clean out the the metal piece that you poked into the coconut.
This product can only be used on young coconuts. Those brown, round, hairy things [get your mind out of the gutter] you see in the stores? Those aren’t young coconuts. That’s an older coconut that has had it’s husk removed. You need a nice green young coconut. They look like these:
After you slice away the green exterior husk of a young coconut, you’ll see something that resembles the coconut seen in the pic of the Cocodrill. My problem with the Cocodrill is that it totally disregards the reason people buy and enjoy young coconuts. Sure, there’s coconut water in there, and everyone is all “Hey, coconut water is the new Gatorade!” That’s great, but the best thing from a young coconut is the soft, creamy, young coconut flesh inside. Poking a hole in a coconut so you can suck out the water is fine, but how do you get access to the stuff inside that you want to eat? You’ll have to cut it open with a knife. I know what you’re thinking, “Couldn’t I just cut it open with a knife instead of using the Cocodrill, so then I can drink the coconut water AND eat the young coconut found inside?” Exactly. And guess what? It’s easier to cut open a young coconut than you probably thought. Just watch this video. [skip to 0m25s]
There you go. Do you have a young coconut and a knife? Then you have no need for the Cocodrill. Let’s say that, for whatever reason, all you want to do is drink the water out of the young coconut, and don’t care about the delicious flesh inside. Here are some ways, other than using the Cocodrill, to make a whole in a coconut:
-poke a hole in it with a nail
-poke a hole in it with a sturdy chopstick, like the ones you get when you order Chinese take-out
-drill a hole in it using that cordless drill you bought, but haven’t used, but makes you feel like a handyman for having it
-use an apple corer
But honestly, if you’re buying a young coconut to only drink the water…just go get some pre-packaged coconut water.