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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 11, 2014

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 – available now through most major wireless carriers – is an awesome phone in many ways. But did you know that it can also double as a baby monitor? Samsung’s newest flagship phone features a “baby crying detector” that’s capable of setting off a vibrating alarm to let you know to check on your newborn – as long as you also own a Galaxy Gear smartwatch that’s paired with your phone. The detector will work best if it’s about one meter away from the baby with as little background noise as possible. The feature can be found in the accessibility menu of the Galaxy S5, and uses the smartphone’s microphones to listen for a baby’s cry before sending a vibration to your Galaxy Gear. Samsung wants new parents to remember that a smartphone is no replacement for “human caregiving.” But if you’re willing to leave your phone and your newborn in a different room and don’t want to shell out the cash for a dedicated baby monitor, Samsung’s smartphone and smartwatch can do the trick.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.