11 Clever Ways Tech Can Make Parenting a Little Easier


Parenting is a huge responsibility. But with the right know-how, a bit of trial and error, and a little help from some handy gadgets, you can overcome any parenting challenge. Here are 11 ways technology can help you take care of your bundle of joy. 

1. Determine Why Your Baby Is Crying

There’s no escaping some sleepless nights with your new baby, but you can at least take the guesswork out of getting him or her to calm down. This baby cry analyzer gauges cry intensity, impact, and interval to determine the cause of your baby’s discomfort. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great first step, especially when you’re too tired to think.  

Find it: 

2. Give Your Baby the Perfect Bath 

This cute little tub hooks up to most sinks and provides a safe and comfortable place to wash your little one. It comes with a color-coded digital thermometer so you can read the temperature at a glance. 

Find it: 

3. Keep Your House Clean 

Children are both messy and time-consuming, so you’re going to need an assistant of sorts to help with the housekeeping. A Roomba vacuum can take care of cleaning the floors while you take care of the kids. The smart little robot makes sure to clean one room before continuing on to other rooms, so your home is sure to be spotless. 

Find it: 

4. Find Kid-Friendly Activities

Whether you’re traveling or trying to find an activity nearby, RedRover is a great app for discovering family friendly events. You can search by date, which makes it a breeze to find things to fill your Saturday or pencil in activities for a few months down the line. 

Find it:

5. Make Reading Fun

You can’t lug a whole stack of children’s books around (those hardcovers are heavy!) but with MeeGenius, your little reader can keep all of his or her books in one lightweight place. The app lets you read a plethora of books right on your smartphone or tablet and even comes stocked with complimentary books so you can start reading right away.

Find it: 

6. Turn Your Child’s Drawing Into a Huggable Reality 

When your tiny artist produces his or her next masterpiece, skip the fridge and turn the creation into something he or she can play with for years. Budsies will transform drawings into plush toys that are made by hand and with quality materials. 

Find it: 

7. Make Your Own Baby Food 

This helpful (and adorable) appliance helps you blend ingredients into fresh baby food. The little machine steams and purees fruits, vegetables, and meat in minutes. 

Find it:

8. Keep Your Devices Safe 

Before passing your device over to your child, protect it with LifeProof. The company sells a variety of different cases that keep your gadgets safe from any harm your little troublemaker could inflict—even a dunk in the bathtub! Now you don’t have to worry every time your child wants to play a game. 

Find it: 

9. Be Frugal 

Whether you’re buying school supplies or birthday presents, the ShopSavvy app will help you get the best possible deal. Simply scan the barcode and get price comparisons from stores nearby. 

Find it: 

10. Bring Your Hairdresser and Personal Trainer to You 

Watching the kids can be a full-time job, so there might not be enough hours in the day to get to the gym or salon. Luckily, the PRIV app lets you book professionals to come to your home. Now you can watch your children and get your hair styled at the same time. 

Find it: 

11. Find a Babysitter 

After getting a makeover, you probably want to take advantage of your spruced-up look with a date night. Find the best sitter in your area right away with the helpful app UrbanSitter. You can search by date and time, and book someone with just a few taps on your phone.

Find it:

Whether you need help keeping your tot entertained or safe from harm, meet the challenges of parenthood head-on with new innovative technology from Intel. Learn more here.

11 Things You Didn't Know You Needed to Measure

A simple measurement—made even easier by photo measuring technology—will save you wasted time, energy, and effort in the following scenarios. It never hurts to arm yourself with as much information as possible, especially now that innovative technology has put accurate, easy measurements at your fingertips. 

1. Doorframes and Hallways in Your New Apartment Building 

Even if you don’t live in New York City, where cramped stairwells and impossibly small apartments are just part of the charm, you’ll want to know ahead of time which of your current furniture will actually make it into the new apartment. Sure you love your four-poster bed frame or oversized couch, but if it doesn’t even fit through the building’s front door, wouldn’t you rather know that before moving day? 

2. Every Room in Your House, For When You Spot the Perfect Addition 

Even if it’s not new, every house is a work in progress. Be prepared to pick up the perfect statement piece to complete the look with photos of each room that you can measure whenever you happen to spy a great work of art or end table when you’re out and about. 

3. How Much Your Nieces/Nephews/Grandkids Have Grown

Of course you’re going to take a picture of the kids whenever you see them, and now when you say, “My, you’ve grown so much since last time!” you’ll be able to check how much is so much.

4. Your Snowmen 

Tap into your competitive side next time there’s a substantial snowfall and challenge friends and family to a snowman-building contest. When they’re all complete, snap a photo and measure up—award points for both size and style. In fact, the competitors don’t even have to be in the same place for this contest to work. Build your respective snowmen and share the photos amongst yourselves. 

5. How Much Air You Got 

Whether you’re jumping off the diving board or leaping off the ice for a triple axel, have someone document your athletic endeavors and later you can find just how much air you got. If you’re serious about your sport, do this regularly and you can plot your progress. 

6. The Inside Of Your Stove 

Especially if you’re in one of those tiny city apartments. Don’t let yourself buy that giant baking sheet (think of all the cookies!) just to find out it can’t fit in your stove; same goes for oversized casserole dishes. Before you stock your kitchen, make sure you know the dimensions of the oven space itself so you don’t end up with a bunch of useless supplies. 

7. The Distance Between an Outlet and Whatever You’re Plugging In 

This is especially important if you’re talking about an outdoor outlet. Don’t get too carried away with your plans for the perfect poolside margarita maker setup (or other electronic) without first making sure the cord will reach. It’s an easy fix—all you need is an extension cord—but better to know that before your party is in full swing. 

8. Window Height For Curtains

Maybe you think—like many of us did—that curtains are a one-size-fits-most kind of product, but unless you want the lower half of your body exposed or the curtains dragging on the floor, make sure you measure the height of your windows before ordering a set. Skip the rickety stepladder and just take a picture of the windows to get an accurate, reliable measurement.   

9. A Homemade Bookshelf

The beauty of building something from scratch is that you can make it exactly the size you need. Which means you need to figure out exactly what that size is. Consider not just the space you’re going to fit it into but also what it will hold—like if you have any especially tall books you need to take into account or anything else you plan to store there. 

10. Things That Are Just the Right Size

Do your friends have a TV that is large enough to gather around but not overwhelming or a love seat that comfortably sits two but still might fit in your small living room? They might not remember the dimensions of whatever it is you’re coveting but armed with photo measuring technology you can find out in just a snap. 

11. A New Appliance 

Appliances are a big purchase—physically and financially. Make sure you’re plenty prepared by measuring all the different dimensions that might come into play before you head out to compare models. 

From making sure your appliances fit to tracking your family’s literal growth, it’s time to put your photographs to work for you. Intel® RealSense™ technology can turn any snapshot into a useful measuring stick. Learn more here.

11 Ways a 2 in 1 Device Gets You the Best of Both Worlds

Phones, tablets, and computers for work, laptops for gaming—we don’t have enough hands to carry all the devices we need to use on a daily basis! By exchanging your tablet and laptop for a 2 in 1 device you can streamline your computing and lighten your load—without having to make any sacrifices. Here are 11 ways using a 2 in 1 device can help you have it all. 

1. Use It at Work… 

2 in 1 devices inspired by Intel feature the Intel® Core™ M processor, which boasts processing speeds far greater those of its competitors. This means they pack enough power to take on a full day of meetings, presentations, assignments… 

2. … or at Play 

… and games. Your computer use doesn’t stop when you leave the office, and neither do the benefits of your 2 in 1. In addition to increased processing power, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices feature graphics that are sharper and more vibrant than older models, so you can fully enjoy the visuals of your favorite game. Transform your laptop into a tablet with a flip, swivel, or by detaching the keyboard and you can use it to entertain yourself on your commute or on the couch.

3. It’s Practical… 

When used with its keyboard and mouse trackpad, your 2 in 1 feels as comfortable as your trusty old laptop (but with twice its battery life). It can run Windows, Office, and your favorite desktop apps and Internet browsers. 

4. … and Edgy 

And yet, it’s far from your ordinary laptop. With their razor-thin design, Intel-powered 2 in 1s are ultra sleek, modern, and sexy. 

5. Use it On the Go… 

But the slim design is about more than just looks: 2 in 1s are approximately half the weight of your older laptop and tablet combo, which makes them perfect for taking with you throughout the day. They also have a battery life that outlasts your older laptop or tablet (you can watch hours of HD videos on a single charge), so there’s no need for you to stay within a cord’s reach of an outlet. 

6. … or from the Comfort of Your Home 

2 in 1s offer something for the whole family: You’ll love that you can easily get work done remotely and on your own time, and your kids will love its gaming capabilities. The large screen means you can flip your 2 in 1 into tent mode and comfortably settle in for a family movie night.

7. Use it to Multitask… 

Switch seamlessly from your spreadsheet to your design project to your game with your 2 in 1 thanks to its powerful processor. The 5th generation Intel® Core™ processor family also powers new technologies like facial recognition and voice control, so you can easily switch between tasks—just say the word. 

8. … or Immerse Yourself 

Intel-powered 2 in 1s feature Ultra HD displays, which have up to four times the pixels of full HD. Pop on your headphones and get lost in your game or video—it’s never looked so good. 

9. It’s Reliable… 

The Intel Core M processor with Intel® vPro™ technology features built-in security features that help protect your data, user identities, and network access, so you never have to worry about taking your business home or on the road.

10. … and Flexible 

While your 2 in 1 may be dependable, it’s far from boring. Available in detachable or convertible models, you can switch your device from a laptop to a tablet at the drop of a hat. Spontaneity is the spice of life, and with a 2 in 1 device you can be prepared to go wherever the wind takes you. 

11. You Get More Value… for Less Money. 

In switching to a 2 in 1 device you are not only lightening your physical load—for which your briefcase or backpack will thank you—but are also going easier on your wallet. Intel-powered 2 in 1s, like the Pavilion 15 or 17, can be yours for less than $400. 

By pairing high performance power with a slim, mobile design, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices give you the best of both worlds. Learn more here.


More from mental floss studios