In this post, I have provided helpful comparisons between Miku Pro vs Nanit vs Cubo Ai vs Miku Original vs Owlet and others to help you make an informed decision on which one to purchase.
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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.
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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 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 playback with 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.
Miku Pro Review
Miku Pro Smart Baby monitor is a sleek, high-end monitor that lets you see your baby, have two-way communications with them, monitor their breathing and sleep. But the most impressive thing is that, unlike other competing monitors, Miku is able to pick your baby’s vitals without wearables! The problem with wearable devices is that they give parents one more thing to remember to do when putting the baby down for sleep, require washing, and sometimes buy extra pieces, not to mention spending more money- they are just not convenient!
The Miku monitor consists of a 1080p HD camera for your baby’s room and a corresponding app for Android and iPhones. It uses your smartphone as the receiver and transmits over both the 2.4 and 5GHz wifi networks. The 5 GHz is better if you want to reduce interference.
The Miku Pro is designed to be wall-mounted (mount is included) above a crib. But if you do not want to drill into your wall, you can buy an optional floor stand or place the camera on a dresser or tabletop. The picture quality is clear, and you can adjust the camera to have a 140-degree viewing angle.
The Miku monitor also includes all the standard features of a smart monitor, including two-way talk intercom, temperature, and humidity tracking, automatic night vision, and numerous lullabies and white noise to choose from. It also plays background audio even when your phone is on standby, which is great considering you will still be using your phone with other things.
Now, it is common knowledge that wifi monitors are prone to hacking, but with Miku Pro, you should not have such fears because it uses the highest 256-bit encryption combined with a tamper-resistant Crypto Chip technology that the manufacturer says cannot be hacked. It also allows you to grant access to family members or babysitters even if they have downloaded the app on their phones, so privacy is also guaranteed.
Features of Miku
Live breathing monitoring: uses patented SensorFusion Technology to track your sleeping baby’s respiration per minute (RPM) without any contact.
Sleep analytics: tracks your baby’s sleep movements to let you know how your baby slept each night with details such as bedtime, wake time, sleep duration, average onset sleep timeline, and overall sleep quality rating, which is important, especially during those early months. The activity tab can show replays for certain events like movement and sound to help you understand what was happening.
Two-way talk: lets you talk with and listen to your child, partner, or babysitter on the other end
Night vision: uses high powered infrared LEDs to let you see your baby in the dark
Temperature and humidity monitoring: it tracks and reports room temperature and humidity to let you know when to adjust the thermostat, so your child remains in a comfortable environment.
Lullabies and white noise: the app has lots of soothing songs and sounds to help calm your baby
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
- 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
Miku Pro installation and manual
To learn how to install your Miku Pro check out the process on their website here; they have put up a very nice video that is easy to follow.
Miku Pro for twins
Miku allows you to pair up to eight cameras to one app and switch back and forth to view each camera. However, the company advises having only one camera per room to avoid getting inaccurate breathing patterns from being influenced by nearby devices, people, pets, or noises.
Miku Pro baby monitor floor stand
Miku sells an optional floor mount which makes it easy to move the camera around your house or for travel or if you don’t want to drill into your walls to install the wall mount.
Miku Pro alerts
Miku Pro tracks breathing motions and will give you an aloud alarm if there is no recorded breathing movement for more than 20 seconds. It also sends push notifications and alerts you if it detects movement or sound and records video too.
Miku Pro travel case
A travel case for Miku Pro is not yet available, but you can keep checking on the Miku website and be notified when it’s ready for purchase.
When did Miku Pro come out?
Miku Pro became available this year (March 25 2021) as indicated on Amazon
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at MotherhoodHQ (formerly 10BabyGear). 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 email@example.com.