Disclosure: The following post is based on a sponsored event at which participants, including the writer, received product compensation. The opinions expressed, however, are completely his own.
NYC Dads Group held an event sponsored by Withings health technology products recently that combined product information and a cooking class for children. Withings’ motto is “Inspire Health” as they provide what they call “smart products for healthy living,” such as two interactive, smart scales that can be synced wirelessly.
NYC Dads Group member Michael Kaufman acted as host as he has previously worked with Withings through his website The Architechnologist and used most of their products. Kaufman mentioned that his entire family uses a Withings scale that is able to recognize different family members by weight and even how they stand on the scale.
Kaufman also talked about Withings’ trackers. The company offers three types of bands, one is a more traditional looking fitness band while the other two look more like a watch. All the bands track activities such as steps and calories burned and even provide sleep analysis.
However, we were there to learn about and observe is Withings Home, which provides instant access to your home when you are not there, serves as a security device, and even monitors the air quality in your home.
I have used Home and the app for about a week. It literally took no more than 10 minutes to set up the device and begin using the app wirelessly. My family just recently moved, and I now have a greater peace of mind knowing I can receive a noise alert through the app and quickly view our apartment.
You can also receive alerts through an Apple Watch and observe the room on your watch. You can even talk to someone through your smartphone with Home’s push to speak option. When I tested it, I did scare my wife, but she confirms she could hear me quite clearly. You can adjust Home for privacy, station it to point outside instead of inside, and create screenshots of your home through the app. There are various options for storage of the footage as well, but the app is free. Home is designed to be used in a number of different ways. For parents with babies, having Home can help one keep an eye on the baby. It’s also a way to stay connected when you might be away from home for an extended period of time.
To learn more about Home and other Withings products, head to their website. Each dad was generously given a Home to, um, take home.
While we were learning about Withings Home, our children were having a blast making some healthy meals and desserts with the talented chef Cricket Azima of The Creative Kitchen and her wonderful staff. My 4-year-old daughter was excited all week for the class. She was so inspired after the class that we made the same meal the next night. Thanks to the clear instruction of The Creative Kitchen, she was able to retain all the details of the pasta salad and fruit pizza, which were both delicious. The Creative Kitchen offers cooking classes for children and a whole lot more.