The Miku Pro is a baby monitor capable of tracking your baby’s vitals without the use of wearables. It was brilliant in concept but its original version’s issues revolved around its connection issues. Previous experiences forced our family to ditch the system altogether in favor of Nanit. Constant app crashes and connection issues made a $400 monitor virtually unusable which no parent wants.
So the main thing I set out to find is if Miku’s latest Pro version release is any better than the original.
On Miku’s site, the differences are laid out pretty clearly. Most notably the internal chipset has been upgraded and they made a jump from a quad-core to an 8-core processor. Increased internal processing power was desperately needed as this monitor is juggling several tasks and combining multiple sensors to build a picture of the baby’s vitals. The lack of power was the main reason Miku’s original version had so many issues. This improvement singlehandedly solved many of the issues previously experienced.
Looking at it in comparison to the original model, it’s noticeably larger. And now boasts an upgraded sensor for a cleaner image and it now has a wider 140-degree viewing angle. They also added improved speakers and it’s now powered through USB-C rather than the jack from the previous version.
From a quality point of view, the image is clean. It’s something I used to emphasize a lot but what parents are really looking for when buying these is breathing monitoring and movement alerts, not so much the picture quality. While kudos can be given to the crisp picture, it is on par with Nanit and Cubo AI.
Also available are buttons to toggle the audio monitoring, snapshots, push to talk (which you don’t have to hold down like other options), and 23 on-board lullabies and sounds.
What piques the interest of many new parents is the baby’s live respiratory rate display which plays at the bottom of the feed. While it’s an appealing feature, I wish it would tell me if the rate we’re seeing is normal or not. It’s not alerting me so I can assume it’s safe, but parents should be able the range in while the current RPM falls similar to how Owlet displays on their app.
While you can find the range on the Miku’s site, it’d be better to see that baked into the display somehow.
Miku deploys their proprietary SensorFusion technology to gather vitals – even without a direct visual of your infant which is quite mind-boggling. It combines a blend of radar, ambient light, humidity and temperature sensors and fuses them together to give you all the data you see in the app.
Most importantly, it’s delivering all the metrics for free. No subscriptions. This being a major advantage over competing cameras like Nanit and Cubo AI.
Analytics & Activity
Within the app you’ll also find night and day sleep summaries. You can go back each day and see the data on how your baby slept each night. Parents are also given a seven day view to help develop a consistent day/night routine and stick to a consistent pattern which is ultimately what you want.
You’ll also have access to replays for certain events like movement and sound. This is probably something you may look at in the early months but much less as your child grows.
I had low expectations here but I’m actually happy with the experience thus far. But there are a couple things that I’ve noticed:
First, the app randomly crashes on me, particularly when I’m scrolling through the analytics. I don’t know why but it does. Regarding camera disconnections, it hasn’t happened nearly as frequently as before and my experience has been drastically improved compared to the first go.
So while I think this is a top-tier monitor, I’m still a little hesitant to go all in on it. At this point we’re invested in Nanit’s system and we’re sticking with it – not because Miku is bad – but because it’s not exponentially better in my eyes.
The reality is you don’t need a monitor with this much firepower. If you’re set on getting metrics and know it’ll give you peace of mind beyond just practicing safe sleep – which honestly that’s all you need – it’s a good pick up and much more improved than its original release.