Miku Pro Baby Monitor Review
Looking for a secure, free-subscription wifi baby monitor? Read along. This is a review of Miku, one of the top wifi baby monitors in 2022. You should also note that a new model which is an upgrade to this original Miku baby monitor called Miku Pro was released in 2021.
Miku baby monitor was launched in early 2019 during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and currently sells in most markets including Europe, Australia, US, and the UK. This gem was developed by a home-based startup based out of Los Angeles, California called Miku.
The baby monitor has been lauded as the first hack-proof wifi baby monitor that uses a tamper-resistant Crypto Chip and the most advanced encryption in 2019, AES-256 bit encryption. This is the latest encryption that some cameras such as Nest do not use (Nest uses 128-bit encryption).
You may have heard that this was the baby monitor Kim and Kanye got for their baby.
Miku Pro vs Nanit Pro
Miku Pro and Nanit Pro are the best wifi cameras with breathing monitoring systems we have today. However, they use entirely different technologies. Miku Pro uses sensor-fusion technology which is contact-less while Nanit Pro uses advanced image processing technology that relies on a wearable band to detect and monitor breathing.
Nanit Pro also has a cloud subscription fee after the first year while Miku Pro does not charge a subscription fee, making it a cheaper option overall.
To help you decide which is better, we will make a comparison of the features.
Miku uses what they call SensorFusion technology, a combination of optical and wireless sensing and advanced image processing to detect breathing waveforms as well as motions, sound, and nursery conditions. It relays your baby’s respiratory rate (RPM) and alerts you if they decrease or stop.
This technology is so powerful and accurate that it works even when the child is covered with blankets. Many find Miku a convenient option because it does not require accessories that need washing or extra costs.
Nanit also monitors breathing, but it will only work if your baby is wearing Nanit Breathing wear; a chest band (included), a swaddle, sleeping bag, or pajamas. These add-ons come with special prints that allow the camera to detect respiratory movements by analyzing pixels. The only problem would be if, for example, your baby likes being swaddled with a swaddle blanket, then the breathing wear. Your baby may also outgrow the band at about 3 months.
Both Nanit and Miku monitors are accurate, so if choosing based on this category, we would say go by what is convenient for you.
Video and audio quality
Both monitors come with a 1080p HD camera that provides excellent picture quality. However, Nanit’s night vision is sharper. Miku Pro has a 140-degree wide-angle lens while Nanit Pro has 130 degrees.
Although the audio will also be influenced by your phone’s quality and other factors, we must say that Miku’s sound quality is fantastic owing to the two high-quality Ole Wolff speakers. This makes the lullabies and nature sounds (found in the app) and your voice sound so clear that some parents find no need to buy an additional sound machine. Nanit also has lullabies and nature sounds, and its sound quality is just okay.
Both monitors stream your baby’s footage to your smartphone on their apps. In addition, they support 2.4 and 5GHz wifi networks.
Since Miku upgraded their processor, the new app is great since issues with connectivity and freezing have been resolved. One of the biggest advantages of the Miku monitor is that it captures videos of your baby’s movement, sound, and noises and stores them in the app for you to check so you can see what was going on. Also, these historical video events are retained for as long as you want without any subscription fee. Miku also shows you how your baby slept every night but doesn’t offer you sleep tips. Many parents love that Miku provides you with all its features and unlimited storage at no extra cost, unlike its competitors.
Nanit’s app is very nice; everything is intuitive, has hardly any connectivity issues, and has a lot of useful information especially sleep analysis (Sleep length, sleep quality, and more). It also gives you personalized tips to improve your child’s sleep which is very handy, especially during sleep training. However, it has a bit of lag.
Nanit gives you 1-year free access to Nanit Insights which are detailed reports about your baby’s sleep and personalized tips. After the first year, you pay a subscription for $5/ month or $50/year or Insight Premium with Nanit Insights plus 30 day storage at $ 10 per month/ $100 yearly or Nanit Insight Unlimited with unlimited storage $30 per month/$300 per year.
If you don’t subscribe, you will continue receiving video and audio footage, and monitor your baby’s breathing, but you will not have access to sleep analytics, patterns, and tips.
Seeing that the monitor itself is already expensive, many do not like that you have to buy extra add ons for breathing and to access sleep data and storage. However, the personalized sleep recommendations are what makes some parents love this monitor even with the extra costs because it helps them improve their child’s sleep and their own as well.
On the other hand, Miku Pro does not have a subscription fee and it is entirely free to use the app, store, and download videos and images from the Miku app.
Both Nanit Pro and Miku Pro use 256-bit encryption that makes them safe from hackers. But Miku also uses a physical high-security tamper-proof chip and two-factor authentication, which combined makes the Miku monitor impossible to hack according to the company, and that no one else can access your baby’s video and photos or sleep data.
Other useful features
Both monitors track room temperature and humidity and send the data on your app. This information is important because it shows you if the environment is safe and comfortable for your baby. However, only the Nanit monitor sends an alert if the temperature or humidity gets outside the preferred set levels. With Miku, you have to check the app for readings.
The second is that Nanit has a built-in night light in the camera while the Miku monitor doesn’t.
Miku Pro Vs Owlet
The Miku Pro and Owlet are monitoring systems that track your child’s breathing. Both transmit to corresponding apps on your smartphone, but they also have different designs and features. So if you are deciding between the two systems, choose the one with the features or design that would work best for your baby and needs.
One of the differences is that the Miku monitor comes with a camera to mount on the wall, which provides a bird’s eye view of the baby, while the Owlet is a smart sock with a sensor that you wrap around the baby’s foot (unless you buy it as a complete system with a camera.
The complete Owlet Smart Sock Duo monitoring system ($400) includes a 1080p HD camera, 130-degree wide-angle lens, two-way talk, and background audio, room-temperature sensor, and AES 128 –bit encryption, and 3 Owlet socks. The Miku monitor has all these features plus lullabies and white noise and also tracks humidity and baby’s sleep patterns with detailed analytics. It also records short videos of movements, sounds, and noises your baby made and stores them at no additional cost. It uses 256-bit encryption and a tamper-proof chip for the best level of secure transmission.
Owlet smart sock measures heart rate in beats per minute and oxygen saturation in percentage and tells you if they are within normal range while the Miku only tracks breathing in respiration per minute with no explanation if okay or not. This may be a big factor, especially for parents of babies with certain health conditions like asthma or heart problems.
Miku tracks breathing using sensors in the camera, so it does not come in contact with your baby or need accessories to work. Because of this, it can be used to monitor breathing for all children (0 to 12 years). On the other hand, Owlet Smart Sock must be worn on the foot to measure the baby’s breathing and has different sizes for kids from 0 to 5 years. The sock requires washing and is reported to cause discomfort for some babies. Bigger babies are also able to remove it.
To use both monitors you need a smartphone, but Miku transmits the signal using wifi (2.4 and 5GHz networks) and Owlet via Bluetooth.
Miku Pro vs Cubo Ai vs Cubo Ai Plus
These are two of the best wifi monitors boasting of using cutting-edge technologies to bring parents the utmost peace of mind. So let’s see how they compare based on the following parameters.
Miku vs Cubo Ai Plus Monitoring systems
Miku tracks the baby’s breathing, sleep movements, nursery conditions, and sound using patented SensorFusion technology. This technology is a combination of many sensors plus high-quality image processing to detect your child’s respiration per minute (with no contact), how they are sleeping, any sounds and noise, and room temperature and humidity.
Cubo Ai is renowned as the world’s smartest baby monitor that ensures safety for the baby and total peace of mind for parents. To achieve this, the smart monitor uses artificial intelligence and motion sensors to detect:
True cry- few monitors can distinguish between the noises a baby makes and crying. Using Ai, the Cubo monitor can tell the difference and alert you if the baby is crying so you can come and attend to her.
Covered face- this monitor alerts you if it sees that your baby’s face is covered by beddings or clothing that would compromise their breathing. This is very important especially for newborns who are prone to SIDS.
Danger Zone- this monitor lets you set up a safe area for your baby in the crib with a virtual “fence” around it and alerts you if they leave the safe area. This is handy for little climbers who would want to climb out of the crib or crawling toddlers who would want to explore other unsafe areas in your home like the stairs or kitchen.
Sleep -The Cubo monitor tracks your baby’s sleep and gives you details like when your baby fell asleep, how long they slept, any visitors during sleep, etc.
Room temperature and humidity
Cubo Ai Plus
This monitor has cry detection, covered face, danger zone, room temperature and humidity, and sleep tracking.
Both Miku and the two Cubo monitors use high definition 1080p resolution with clear images day and night. Miku has a 130 degree wide-angle but both Cubo monitors have a 135-degree field of view.
Special features- Auto capture and recording
All the baby monitors can record and playback, but the time limit differs between the two brands.
Miku automatically captures moments when your baby makes movements or noise and records short videos. The videos are stored in the app and are available for viewing and downloading at no extra cost.
Cubo Ai also takes pictures of your baby smiling, making movements, or crying and puts them up on the Moment Wall for 10 days. It also records an event video like when they cried or woke up from a nap, or when someone went to check on them, which is available for 18 hours of playback with an events tag.
Cubo Ai Plus offers you 1-year free Premium services, including daily sleep tracking and analytics plus 18-hour video playback, all access to auto photo and video capture, safety detection, and all the other features like temperature and lullabies. However, after the first year, you will need to renew the subscription by paying $8 per month, $ 45 for six months, or $80 for 12 months to get 30 days of sleep analytics, 18 hour events video to view and download, and access to 30 days of Moment wall images.
What is important to note is that the Miku Pro is the best version of the Miku Smart. And likewise, Cubo Ai Plus is also the upgraded version of the Cubo Ai. Also, the old Cubo Ai was discontinued by the manufacturer.
Since the remaining two are the best models of the two brands, you can go wrong with either choice. So decide which features are important to you and choose.
Video Intro of Miku Baby Monitor
5 Features that Make Miku Baby Monitor Great
Miku Baby Monitor Specs makes it unique in every way.
1.Tracks breathing without a wearable
Miku is similar to Owlet Smart Sock 2, Snuza, Angelcare, and Babysense 7 in that it monitors the baby’s breathing and alerts you when pulmonary movements are not detected after some period. Miku, however, does it without clipping some wearable gadget or sensor in a sock or diaper and this is a great advantage over the other breathing baby monitors that are prone to false alerts that occurs when the sensor is disattached.
So, how does Miku track breathing without using any sensor or device that comes in contact with your baby? Miku pioneered a technology that combines imaging analysis (computer vision) and AI-powered technology making what is called Sensor Fusion technology. The other Ai-Powered baby camera is the Cubo Ai smart baby monitor backed by Indiegogo funding.
2. Miku uses the most advanced security
Miku baby monitor uses 256-bit encryption, with a local tamper-proof chip that makes Miku a very difficult wifi baby monitor to hack. Like other wifi baby monitors, Miku relies on the internet or wifi to transmit its signals from the camera to the smartphone. Several baby monitors have recently been hacked because of weak security and poor encryption.
3. Miku has $0 data storage/subscription fees
Several wifi baby monitors make a great stream of income from monthly data subscription fees which could be as high as $30/per month per camera. This is quite expensive. Parents that use Arlo baby, Nest Cam, and Motorola wifi baby monitor pay this hefty subscription price. For example, Nest charges up to $100 a year for one of its subscription packages.
Miku chargers $0 (Zero) subscription fees and you won’t have to pay anything to access videos and images of your baby’s recording on the Miku free cloud storage.
4. Miku is HSA and FSA eligible
Miku is HSA and FSA eligible, which means any money you use to purchase Miku qualifies to be used in reducing your taxable income. A few baby monitors have this eligibility including Nanit Plus which also tracks vital signs using a patented technology that has won several awards as well.
5. Incredible HD video quality and sound
When Miku was launched in January 2019, there was little fanfare on a baby monitor’s basic use, to transmit sound and video. There was a lot of talk on how great its security settings are but, to be honest, Miku’s audio and video quality is not matched by other wifi monitors such as Nest or Arlo. It records with 1080p HD (following its recent firmware update) and records videos at 30 frames per second, beating Nest and Arlo.
You can read more of Miku’s features and specs here (3-page PDF presentation)
Difference between Miku Pro and original
One of the major upgrades was the processor up to an 8 core processor, which helped to reduce most of the issues that plagued the original Miku. Also, you can now connect to the 5GHz wifi network, which allows for higher speed and less interference.
Picture quality is also clearer, and the field of view has also slightly increased to 10 degrees from 130 degrees in the older model.
The design also changed slightly so that the Pro sensor is larger, which gives better monitoring, and there is an adjustable brightness of LED button and a USB-C instead of the micro USB.
You can also connect the pro to the 5 GHz network instead of being restricted to the 2.4 GHz
Pros of Miku Pro
- Easy set up with clear instructions and video and comes with all the tools needed
- Tracks breathing accurately without coming in to contact with your baby
- High tech dual Ole Wolff speakers produce very clear audio output
- No extra costs; does not require subscription or storage fees to store recorded footage, unlike competition
- Detailed sleep analytics
- Sleek design that is aesthetically appealing and suitable for any room
- Many lullabies and white noise to choose from
- Does not directly indicate if the breathing rate RPM is normal or not, you have to search on their website or other sources to know what range is safe
- App takes a bit of time to load
- It’s relatively expensive
How Does Miku Work?
Miku uses Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to provide alerts related to your baby’s vital signs. The CEO of Miku, Eric White, developed the product with his team. The team fully understood that a great baby monitor has to provide reliable vital signs data without compromising on the baby’s security.
In addition, the baby monitor uses high-end audio and video technologies and software that have been approved by the National Science Foundation. The monitor tracks your baby’s breathing, sound, and sleeping patterns with no wires or wearables while simultaneously streaming real-time HD video and audio. Miku leverages multiple sensor modalities interpreted with a genius AI.
The Miku baby monitor, tracks the baby’s breathing, sounds, sleeping, and movements. It also keeps track of the humidity and temperature of the room.
The baby monitor connects to an app available on iTunes and Googles Playstore, the Miku mind app. The video and audio are processed using an advanced system of quad-core processors and crypto chips (damage-resistant) which ensures the security of the data. Using the app, a parent can access the baby’s Livestream at any given time.
About Sensor Fusion Technology
Miku uses Sensor fusion which is a combination of multiple sensor modalities and machine learning. SensorFusion delivers significantly higher response times and accurate readings, working locally with our internal Qualcomm processor so that Miku can alert parents in real-time even without WiFi. Miku’s multi-sensor approach allows Miku to understand what’s happening in an environment with extremely high confidence. This is what separates Miku from monitors solely powered by a single sensor modality and offline processing that are inaccurate, delayed, and unreliable. Miku’s multiple sensor modalities housed inside the monitor affect our price, but they are what makes the Miku Smart Baby Monitor the most accurate, reliable, and safe baby breathing monitor on the market.
Miku Baby Monitor Functionalities
Miku baby monitor is one of the many emerging wifi baby monitors which uses a smartphone app. When you purchase Miku baby monitor, you need to download the Miku app which will allow you to monitor the breathing of your baby, the temperature in the baby’s room, the humidity of the baby nursery, sound from the baby’s room and detect any motion of your baby without coming in contact with your baby.
The snapshot below shows the features of Miku baby monitor:
Miku Baby Monitor Awards:
The following images are snapshots of Miku awards it has received since its launch in January 2019.
- Baby Sleep and Audience Favorite categories, during the annual best-of babytech awards at CES 2019.
- Finalist in the 2019 JPMA Innovation Awards
- CES Innovation Awards
- The 2019 Best Baby Monitor Award from the Bump
Pros and Cons of Miku Baby Monitor
Miku Baby Monitor Manual:
You can download Miku baby monitor manual to see how you can set it up and install it in your baby’s nursery.
Miku Vs Nanit Plus
Nanit Plus and Nanit baby monitor use computer vision technology while Miku uses sensor fusion technology. Learn about the difference between the two technologies on the video below:
|720p HD video resolution||960p HD video resolution|
|256-bit encryption||256-bit encryption|
|Tracks breathing and sleep pattern||Tracks sleeping|
|Sensor fusion technology||Computer vision technology|
|No wearables||No wearables|
Miku Vs. Owlet Smart Sock 2 Vs Owlet Cam Video Baby Monitor
|Miku||Owlet Sock & Cam|
|720p HD video resolution||1080p HD video resolution|
|256-bit encryption||128-bit encryption|
|Tracks breathing (brm) and sleep pattern||Tracks oxygen level and breathing rate per minute(brm)|
|Uses sensor fusion technology||Uses pulse oximetry technology|
|No wearables||Uses a wearable smart sock|
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Hi there! I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhoodhq.com. I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.