Miku 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 2021. 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. You can read our review of it here.
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.
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)
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|
Miku Vs. Cocoon Cam
Both Miku and Cocoon Cam are non-wearable smart baby monitors that track baby breathing using computer vision AI technology but Miku is considered more secure. You can count on Miku to safeguard your baby’s video footage as it uses military-grade Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit encryption. While Cocoon Cam uses a lower AES of the 128-bit encryption standard, there haven’t been any reported cases of hacking as it has elaborate security measures that, if followed, secures your baby from hackers.
Below is a detailed table with lists of differences and similarities between Miku baby monitor and Cocoon Cam.
|720p HD video resolution||720p HD video resolution|
|256-bit encryption||128-bit encryption|
|Tracks breathing (bpm) and sleep pattern||Tracks breathing rate per minute(bpm)|
|Uses sensor fusion technology||Uses computer vision|
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Hi there! I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ. 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.