New software screenshots include an as-yet-to-be announced feature that could finally give smartphone buyers a decent reason for buying the Galaxy S5 and a Gear smartwatch on release day. Pairing a Galaxy S5 with a Gear smartwatch turns the upcoming high-end smartphone into a baby monitor.
The feature’s details were leaked this past week by SoyaCincau. Named the “Baby Crying Detector,” the featured hides in the Accessibility menu within the Galaxy S5’s settings. Users with a Samsung Gear smartwatch will be able to pair the two and have the Gear alert them when their Galaxy S5 detects sounds. For this to work the parent will need to have left their Galaxy S5 next to their child.
Of course, a feature concerning children and health is only as good as those using it. As such, parents will have to keep a close eye on their Gear smartwatch for updates concerning their child. They’ll also need to make sure that they can feel the Gear’s vibrations too. Both are issues that the Baby Crying Detector mentions before activation.
In fact, Samsung goes as far as to make users explicitly agree that they use the function “at their own risk.” The agreement also says that Samsung isn’t liable for “any loss, damage or injury” in the event that something goes wrong. While it’s certainly a bit troubling, many baby monitors already include that sort of language with their user manual.
The Galaxy S5’s Baby Crying Detector sounds like a differentiating feature that most parents would be happy to have on their next smartphone. It’s a unique value addition, something that parents of small children could appreciate over time, though it’s unclear whether anyone would specifically purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5 for the feature alone.
That users will have to pay $299 for the Gear smartwatch plus the Galaxy S5 itself might be a bit too much for parents to stomach.
The Samsung Galaxy S5, the successor to the very popular Galaxy S4, will go on sale in the United States for $199 with a two-year contract on April 11th. Users who pre-order from Sprint or T-Mobile today won’t have to put any money down.