Making parenting easier

Edwin - posted on 03/22/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Greetings Moms!

I'm looking for feedback on an idea. I want to make parenting easier for you, but need some help in determining exactly how.

Specifically, I'm a graduate student working on computer vision, and have recently developed some new ways of making computers understand the world through images. This could include, for example, notifying you when it sees your child open the knife drawer or run out the front door. I'll be writing my thesis in the near future and am considering building a system to tackle some of these problems, but it's not yet clear to me what would be the most useful to you.

Some things a system like this might be able to do:
* Alert you when your child goes somewhere you define as not allowed.
* Alert you when your child does something you define as not allowed.
* With multiple cameras, find out where your child just ran off to.
* Show a fast video summary of the things your child did today, or in the last week.

You can see a first version of this system running and detecting a child here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD3GiRH5lws

So, I just want to open some discussion about this. Would you find this useful?

Thanks!

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Michelle - posted on 03/25/2014

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My front door is dead locked and the kids can't reach it and where I am pools have to have a self closing fence around them.
Again, I don't think it's a good idea as parents could get very complacent and something serious could happen.
Wait until you are a parent and then you will understand, it's YOUR job to look after your children, not a bunch of cameras.
I guess you could find a market with the lazy parents who don't want to look after their children.

Edwin - posted on 03/25/2014

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Thanks, this is quite helpful. You are correct, I do not have children (yet).

I definitely don't envision this as a replacement for parents - it's more like an extra set of eyes around the house to help if, for example, you turn your back to do the dishes and your child runs out the front door, or out towards the pool, etc.

What if this were instead used as an advanced crib monitor that notifies you when your child gets up out of the crib and runs off? Is this a problem for anyone?

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2014

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I agree. I don't want cameras all around my house. A parent should be connected to their child.....spending time with them, talking with them, playing with them, etc. A parent should be involved in their lives. When they are younger a parent should be watching and doing the parenting not the cameras. There is also something to say about allowing kids to make mistakes. We all learn from our mistakes. I would not want a camera watching me all the time.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/23/2014

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No. Not useful at all. If you have children, you should be watching them. Not have cameras doing the work for you. This is clearly from someone without children.

Michelle - posted on 03/23/2014

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I personally don't want cameras through my house "spying" on my children.
We have gone many generations without it so why bother?
I trust my children to do the right thing and when I find out they haven't, they get punished. If it's not then and there but later I find out, it's the same.
I think this is mainly for the well off who can't really be bothered being hands on parents and it's a waste of money to me.

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