CES 2019: “Family tech” gadgets appeal to parental anxiety

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The CES gadget show is full of new devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents.

There are artificially intelligent toys to keep kids occupied, educate them and get them to brush their teeth without parental nagging. There are artificially intelligent baby monitors and internet-connected breast pumps.

A common thread among the gadgets showcased in Las Vegas this week is an appeal to parental anxiety about raising smart kids, occupying their time, tracking their whereabouts and making sure they’re healthy and safe.

But there are also subtle trade-offs. Some psychologists worry effects of bringing home robots that seek to befriend or babysit kids. And some doctors are skeptical about the effectiveness and stress factor of baby monitors that promise to track an infant’s every breath.

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