Yves Bhar launches world’s first smart crib to help parents get more sleep

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Karp is a respected pediatrician and the author of the Happiest Baby, which aims to help parents tackle the most basic of infant care—sleep—in a gentle way. He also developed “The 5 S’s,” a five-step technique for soothing and comforting fussy babies in order to help them sleep. In partnering with Béhar and MIT engineers, Karp translates his advice into the language of technology, in the form of a crib that promises to run interference for tired parents of newborns. Related: Shape-shifting “apartment in a box” by MIT and Yves Béhar hits stores next year The SNOO crib is the result of nearly five years of research, development, and design work, all focused on addressing one of the top complaints of new parents : lack of sleep. Karp recognized that sleep deprivation can trigger marital problems, postpartum depression, and even child abuse, so he theorized that developing a high-tech response to the common issue could improve the lives of babies and parents at the same time. The SNOO crib sports a new drive train specifically designed for this product, which creates a rocking motion that can endure millions of cycles, which is substantially more than the typical infant rocker swing. The crib’s movements are designed to help train a baby ’s circadian rhythms earlier, which leads to better sleep for both baby and parents in the long run. In conjunction with its gentle movements, the SNOO crib also plays a variety of white noise specific to the amount of the infant’s crying: a low-pitched white noise helps a tired baby fall asleep, while a higher pitched white noise may calm a fussy infant. The SNOO also helps promote safe sleep with a special sleep sack (included), which allows the infant to be swaddled (which helps most babies feel secure, similar to their time in the womb), and is then clipped to attachment points in the crib to prevent the infant from rolling while sleeping. A shielded WiFi connection lets parents control the crib’s movement and sound from afar (or just across the room), although no interaction is necessary for the smart crib to do its thing. “When the baby fusses, [SNOO] responds in seconds with increasing motion and sound – just like parents do – to find the right level of sensation for calming that baby, at that time,” said Béhar. “SNOO is often able to calm even the worst crying jags and help babies fall asleep. “ There are some high-tech infant rockers on the market that already possess some of the features that SNOO boasts—namely the 4moms remote-controlled rocker with numerous settings and options. However, no existing product is designed to sense and respond to an infant’s movement and sounds the way SNOO does. Those skeptical of robots taking over for parents need not worry, as the SNOO crib does not promise that babies will magically sleep through the night or cease to need their human parents in very real ways. What it does, however, is provide a little extra encouragement for babies during restless times, and potentially help parents catch just a tiny bit more shut-eye. Because the SNOO crib’s responses are subtle, it’s easy to imagine that—over time—the crib might even help little ones learn to fall back to sleep on their own, without any assistance. The SNOO crib sells for $1,150 and is available online at Happiest Baby for shipping to US addresses. + Happiest Baby + Fuseproject Images via Happiest Baby

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Greenmoxie Tiny House lets you live mortgage-free and off-grid in a luxurious 340 sq. ft. on wheels

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Built like a cozy cabin , the Greenmoxie Tiny House features wood frame construction with handsome Shou Sugi Ban cedar siding sealed with linseed oil, hardwood oak flooring, a V-match pine interior, and reclaimed barn wood ceilings. A corrugated black metal dual-pitched roof topped with solar panels and a clerestory window lets natural light and ventilation in, as do the reclaimed modern windows that punctuate all four facades to frame views of the outdoors. The light-filled interior includes a spacious kitchen with a 24-inch range and propane refrigerator/freezer; a bathroom with a full-size stand-up shower, sink, and composting toilet; living area with a couch and multifunctional furnishings that double as storage; and a loft bedroom accessible via a storage-integrated staircase. Related: KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners The tiny home and its energy-efficient appliances are powered by a 1kW solar PV system with 11kW of stored energy capacity. Water is collected using a 200-liter rain barrel and is conserved and reused using a combination of tools including a water recovery system, home drinking purifier, and gray-water holding tank. Spray foam insulation—an R35 roof, R22 walls, and R35 floor—and a heat recovery ventilator system help maintain stable and comfortable indoor temperatures. In winter, the home is heated using a Dickinson 9000 propane heater and a wood-burning stove. The off-grid Greenmoxie Tiny House base model starts at $65,000 USD. + Greenmoxie Tiny House Via New Atlas Images via Greenmoxie Tiny House

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50 scientists launch groundbreaking mission to circumnavigate Antarctica

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In a first-of-its-kind expedition , more than 50 researchers hailing from 30 countries are joining forces on a journey to circumnavigate Antarctica . Their goal? To measure pollution and signs of climate change across the continent. The team will set off from Cape Town on the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov on December 20, 2016 with a planned return of March 18 next year. The researchers involved hail from a variety of disciplines, including oceanography, biology, and climatology. The journey is treacherous and the conditions hostile, but it will help scientists better understand the effect humankind is having on the Southern Ocean. Not only will the Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE) study the main land mass, but it’s also the first attempt to study all the major islands in the surrounding ocean . While there’s been a good amount of recent research about the Arctic and the changes occurring as the northern ice cap melts, the southern pole is vastly less understood. Related: Burning all of Earth’s fossil fuels would completely melt Antarctica Though the project began with over 90 proposals for potential research ideas, in the end, only 22 were accepted. The adopted projects include measuring the effects of plastic pollution on the food chain and measuring the role phytoplankton plays in regulating the climate. The organization behind the expedition is the newly formed Swiss Polar Institute , a joint venture between a number of Swiss research and educational institutions that aims to “enhance international relations and collaboration between countries, as well as to spark the interest of a new generation of young scientists in polar research.” Via Phys Images via Andreas Kambanis  

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