The Miku Smart Baby Monitor ($399) does more than just stream video of your baby. Armed with Miku’s Sensor Fusion technology, this baby monitor tracks your child’s breathing and sleep patterns and provides sleep analysis reports. It also records movement and stores it in the cloud for free, sends an alert when there is no movement, and monitors the temperature and humidity in your child’s room. That said, several touted features aren’t yet available, including sound detection, lullabies and sleep sounds, support for Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, and a handful of useful threshold and sensitivity settings. The Miku offers some cutting-edge tech, but unless you absolutely must have the ability to monitor your baby’s breathing and sleep, you can save a bundle with our Editors’ Choice, the iBaby Monitor M6S.
Design and Features
The Miku is one of the more aesthetically pleasing baby monitors out there. Done up in a soft matte white finish with textured silver trim, the enclosure is 3.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 1.2 inches deep. It sits atop a 2.6-by-2.7-inch (HW) base that offers forward and backward adjustability and contains a power jack and mounting clips. You can stand the camera upright on a desktop or other flat surface, or use the included wall mounting kit for optimal placement 60 inches above the baby’s crib. As with the Nanit Sleep System and Motorola Halo+ monitors, this gives you a birds-eye view of your child’s sleeping area.
The Miku camera captures 720p video at 30fps, has a 130-degree field of view, and uses an infrared LED assembly for night vision. In addition to motion detection, it offers two-way audio courtesy of the two speakers on the top of the camera enclosure and a dual microphone array on its face. The Miku will send a push and email alert and record video when motion is detected. Video is stored in the cloud for 30 days, free of charge. It will also sound an alarm on your phone and record video when no motion is detected. Sound detection was not yet enabled at the time of this review, but will eventually become available via a firmware update.
The Miku uses 802.11n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) to connect to your home network and is equipped with a Bluetooth radio, and as is the case with the Nanit monitor, it will continue to send alerts even if you lose your internet connection. It is also equipped with multiple sensors that monitor your child’s breathing and reports it in RPMs (respirations per minute). The app then combines breathing and motion data to present a historical sleep analysis report that uses a color-coded graph to show rpm, movement, and non-movement trends. The graph also shows the temperature and humidity levels at each time interval.
The Miku mobile app (for Android and iOS) is easy to use, but missing a few key settings. It opens to a Monitor screen that displays a live stream with the name of the monitor on the top half of the screen and the latest activity below that. For example, if your baby is sleeping it will display its breathing pattern and tell you how long it’s been asleep. If there’s movement, it will show a set of footprints indicating movement and tell you how long the baby has been active. If you have non-movement events enabled, it will sound an alarm and tell you that no motion is detected.
At the very bottom of the screen are Monitor, Analytics, Activity, and Settings buttons. The Monitor button takes you back to the opening screen and the Analytics button takes you to a screen where you can view historical graphs of your child’s breathing patterns, movement, and non-movement activities, as well as temperature and humidity readings. You can view this data by date and narrow it down to 30-minute, 1-hour, 4-hour, 12-hour, and 24-hour increments.
The Activity screen displays a running list of movement and non-movement events along with time stamps. Tap any event to view the video, download it, or grab a snapshot. The Settings screen is where you go to configure Wi-Fi and check signal strength, share access to the monitor with friends and family, update firmware, add new devices, and set alarms for movement and non-movement. Here you can also turn off vital tracking and adjust video quality.
Missing are motion-sensitivity settings and settings that let you set temperature and humidity alerts thresholds, but these settings, along with sound detection and sound sensitivity, will be added in the future. Also missing are the lullabies and sleep sounds that are touted on the company’s website, but again, these features will be rolled out in a future date. And finally, the Miku monitor doesn’t yet support Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant compatibility that will allow you to view video on a larger compatible screen, but according to a company spokesperson, these features are on the roadmap, along with support for Apple HomeKit and IFTTT applets.
Installation and Performance
Installing the Miku monitor isn’t difficult, but if you want to get the full effect of its sleep analysis, you’ll have to take the time to mount it on the wall above your child’s crib. Fortunately, Miku supplies all the hardware you need, including a screwdriver, measuring tape, wall anchors, screws, cable guides to hide the power cable, and detailed instructions.
I started by downloading the mobile app and creating an account and filling in some information including the baby’s name, birthdate, and gender. It also wants to know if the baby was premature, as it helps Miku provide the best analysis reports and allows the company to use your report data to help other preterm babies. Next, I followed the on-screen instructions to plug in the monitor and to press and hold the power button for four seconds until the blue LED begins flashing. I tapped Next, went to my phone’s Wi-Fi settings, connected to the Miku SSID, returned to the app, selected my router Wi-Fi from the list, entered my Wi-Fi password, tapped connect, and the camera was connected to my network within a few seconds. The next three screens give you the option of enabling notifications, giving access to friends, and viewing a wall installation video, but you can skip these steps if you prefer.
To install the camera on the wall, use the tape measure to measure 60 inches from the floor using the wall that is closest to the baby’s crib and mark it off with a pencil. Take the wall mounting plate, place it on the mark, use the built-in level to make sure the mount is placed properly, and use a pencil to mark the two holes on the mounting plate. Use the screwdriver to punch a hole in each mark and insert a drywall anchor in each hole. Fasten the mounting plate to the anchors using the mounting screws and snap the top of the power cord (the end with the jack) into place on the mounting plate. You can then slide the camera onto the base, plug it in, and begin installing the cable guides and attach them to the wall using the adhesive tape attached to each guide. Install each guide by inserting it into the previous guide and repeat until you’ve reached the floor. Once you’ve plugged in the power supply and pressed the power button, you are ready to go.
The Miku performed well in my tests. Live and recorded video showed good color with no noticeable barrel distortion, and black-and-white night vision was sharp and evenly lit. Motion alerts arrived instantly, as did non-movement alerts, and the analytics chart made it easy to track hourly and daily activity and environmental conditions. Two–way audio was clean and adequately loud, and the temperature and humidity readings matched the readings from an Eve Room sensor that I placed in the room.
With the Miku Smart Baby Monitor, you can keep an eye on your little one while monitoring environmental conditions in the room. Like the Nanit Sleep System, the Miku tracks your child’s sleep patterns, but it also uses special sensors and proprietary technology to monitor breathing patterns. The monitor will send alerts and record video when your child is moving (or not moving) and offers free cloud storage, but sound detection is not yet available. In fact, several features were not enabled at the time of our review, including Alexa and Google Assistant voice support, HomeKit and IFTTT integrations, motion-sensitivity settings, and temperature and humidity alert thresholds. That’s a lot of unavailable features for a $400 baby monitor.
If you’re looking for a more reasonably priced monitor and can live without breathing and sleep analysis, check out our Editors’ Choice, the iBaby M6S. It delivers sharp 1080p video and offers pre-programmed and custom lullabies, mechanical pan and tilt, free cloud storage, and temperature and humidity monitoring. It’s also costs a couple of hundred dollars less than the Miku monitor.