When I first wrote about Evoz‘s take on modern baby monitoring systems, many thought it was a hoax (which I suspect may have had something to do with the fact that I posted it on April Fools Day). But it’s real, and I’ve actually tested it quite a few times since becoming a first-time dad three months ago.
In short, Evoz lets parents use their iOS device and the Evoz baby monitoring service to monitor their babies from anywhere, with the touch of a button. Evoz has virtually unlimited range and can send alerts (call, text, or email) whenever your baby starts crying.
Backed by Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, the company’s broad vision is to enable active parents to monitor the health and wellbeing of their babies even when they’re on the go.
In order to use Evoz, you will need to install Evoz on two iOS devices (get the app here). One will be the receiver and the second needs to connect to WiFi in order to be the monitor.
In the future, more mobile platforms will be supported and the company is understandably also going to offer a monitoring device of their own.
Once the system is set up, parents who are out working, traveling, dining or partying can proactively receive texts, emails or phone calls when their baby is crying, giving them the opportunity to contact whoever is taking care of the child at that particular moment – or go home.
Evoz also captures data in an effort to collect sufficient information to let parents better understand the health of their children. In addition, the app enables parents to easily get in touch with a network of baby health experts or sleep consultants if they have any questions or concerns.
The company was founded in 2010 by Avishai Shoham (CEO), Ruwan Welaratna (CTO) and Yasmin Lukatz (COO).
Beta participants will receive two free weeks of the premium service, including unlimited streaming anywhere in the world, unlimited email and texts, data collection and an exclusive look at new features. After the two-week period, the premium service will cost $7.99 per month, although Evoz says you’ll still be able to listen from anywhere for 30 minutes a day at no charge.