Self-folding stroller will please both parents and Transformers fans
Parents of wee ones are always wishing they had a pair of free hands. The Origami stroller from 4Moms doesn't offer extra limbs, but it does make the dreaded chore of collapsing and unfolding a stroller painless. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das takes it for a spin.
>> Sumi Das: Hello everyone, and welcome to Sumi's Smart Picks. I'm Sumi Das, and each week I'll tell you about a clever product that in one way or another helps make our lives a little easier. My pick this week, the Origami from 4moms. This stroller creates stroller envy in practically everyone. It's true, I've witnessed it happen with a couple of young guys on our team who aren't even parents. How? Watch this. With a flick of the wrist, and a push of the button, the stroller collapses, and unfolds automatically. The 2-step process -- the twist and the push -- are designed to make sure that you don't collapse the stroller accidentally. And here's another layer of safety. Sensors prevent you from collapsing the stroller while your child is still in it. If you like safety, here's another feature. Telescoping tubes eliminate the need for those folding traditional pinch points that you see on most conventional strollers. I can think of at least one stroller that's been recalled due to injuries from those pinch points. While I'm down here, I'm also going to point out the built-in headlights, as I like to call them. You can even adjust the brightness on those lights as well. This stroller isn't just for the safety-conscious, it's also for the gadget lovers out there. The Origami has a built-in LCD that tells you the battery life, temperature, it even has an odometer and a speedometer. This is great for parents who want to squeeze in some exercise during those family walks. The Origami also incorporates a regenerative charging system. That means that while you're pushing it, it's recharging the built-in battery. And to sweeten the deal, you can also charge your mobile devices by plugging in right here on the side of the LCD. So you can always make sure that you have a fully charged smart phone. Now, what happens if the battery dies? Well, you won't be stuck. There is a manual override feature. As I describe all these features, it kind of feels like I'm talking about a car, not a stroller. And with a price tag of 850 dollars, it costs almost as much as a down payment for a car. But take it from me, I own five strollers, they're all at home. This will turn heads at the playground. That is my pick for this week -- the Origami from 4moms. Check back next week for more.