Japan promotes “babytech” to facilitate the education of children


The Ministry of Industry has started promoting “babytech” products and services, which use cutting-edge technologies to ease the burden of raising children.

Last month, the ministry and the city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, launched a joint demonstration project for residents to try out babytech products and services to confirm their effectiveness.

With the increase in dual-income households, the ministry hopes to make it easier to balance work and raising children through the use of babytech.

As part of the project, residents of Odawara are loaned a device that uses artificial intelligence to help put a baby to sleep and reduce the burden of nighttime crying.

By analyzing the sounds of a crying baby, the artificial intelligence device indicates likely reasons why the baby is crying and produces sounds that would put the baby to sleep.

Residents can also try an online counseling service that offers advice to women during pregnancy and breastfeeding on appropriate drug combinations.

The ministry and Odawara government have also set up a social media platform for parents and guardians to share information.

The platform, intended to help parents who feel isolated and alone, should be used to offer used childcare products to those in need.

Earlier this month, an event allowing visitors to use nine babytech products and services was held in the city.

After the project ends on Friday, the ministry will interview residents who have used babytech products and services and analyze their needs.

Based on the findings, the ministry plans to consider ways to further promote babytech.

Some babytech products and services are already in use in practice, such as an app that recommends travel routes through stations and elsewhere that are good for stroller users who want to avoid stairs. A monitor to monitor a baby remotely and a baby food delivery service are also used.

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