A few years ago if someone asked me if I could handle bringing her up I would’ve said absolutely. But nothing really prepares you for the 6am starts, the cleaning up of poo and the excessively runny noses. One of my greatest frustrations is not knowing when she needs me, to walk into a poo-covered room and see eyes saying “you failed”. But things are looking up, we have a Sammy Screamer to help care for our pet dog Blue.
Sammy Screamer is the first of eight devices designed by Tom Evans, founder of creative agency Mook (check out our interview with him). The adorable triangular device alerts parents to any movement detected. Perfect for things such as baby fidgeting, cookie jar thieving and canine mischief.
Bluetooth devices can be a bit funny when pairing, and Sammy needed a push of the reset button. But the setup beyond that was straight forward. After adjusting the three main settings it was ready to go. EEE! It went. I dare not touch it after that.
From the settings screen, users can change the sensitivity, whether or not to sound an alarm from the device and pause monitoring. The battery level, signal strength and movement count is also presented here.
A timeline of events gives parents a chance to make an educated guess at what’s going on. A string of notifications will appear if movement persists.
Firstly – it’s a brilliant design. A pet peeve of mine is the mundanity of so many devices. It’s something you want on display, hanging from a door knob or stuck to the fridge.
There are no buttons or moving parts, apart from the reset button, and it’s powered by an easily accessible coin battery.
The beauty of the device is in its range of uses. It’s not designed specifically for monitoring sleeping baby dogs, although there’s no reason why it couldn’t, but any situation where motion detection needed. You might want to hook it to your new fancy bottle of prosecco you don’t want anyone to touch. Maybe your flat mate is stealing your socks. Never know when you have post? Sammy has it covered.
There are three levels of sensitivity – ‘Easy Going’, ‘Balanced’ and ‘Highly Strung’ (for those kinds of parents).
Highly Strung will pick up the slightest vibration such as a knock on the surface it’s on. Easy Going will need physical movement.
Similar products are roughly the same price, but to-be-honest they are fugly, and since they’re all designed for specifically for babies they’ll become redundant after a year or two.