Baby monitors are useful, but they're kind of dumb. Think walkie-talkie dumb. But we live in the world of smartphones now, and these nifty little things are capable of replacing just about anything. With the new Dormi Android app, you can take two Android devices and turn them into a baby monitor that won't weigh you down.

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Dormi can use whatever network connection is available to connect a child and parent device together, and it can create a hotspot to connect them when one is not. The app should then be smart enough to differentiate between a crying baby and other background noise without you having to adjust microphone sensitivity manually. You need to sacrifice an Android device to your child's bedside at all times for this to work, but there is a plugin available that will forward any missed calls on the handset to your primary one.

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Four months are provided for free, after which users can either apply credits or buy a license. The lifetime unlimited license is over $6, but we have a promo code that will take 80% off, bringing the cost down to $1.39. Just enter ANDROIDPOLICE sometime before the end of February, which is when the code expires.

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Sorian

    Not too bad, all things considered. Leave a phone or tablet in the baby's room (with the notification and ringer off), use the other till the battery is run dry.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Or plug it in.

      • Sorian

        True for the one in the room. The one in use by myself if I was in the other room, it depends on what I'm doing. I have noticed that the OEM charger for the N7 doesn't keep up with game usage.

        • Gabernasher

          Good thing this doesn't have to push 3D graphics and keep the processor running at 100% with brightness at 100%.

          • Sorian

            That's not what I was talking about.

            Scenario: Leave the phone in the baby room with the app running, ringer and notification sound turned off, plugged in. Use N7 to monitor. While doing that, I like play some games (Anomaly 2, for example sake). Even with the N7 plugged into the wall, eventually it will still complain about a low battery.

          • Fupps

            Easy...keep your game player to other times. Or just don't use the app and pay £££'s for a monitor from Mothercare. No need to thank me for my solutions.....

  • Dan

    I don't have kids, but bought the lifetime license anyway, maybe for use in the future. Looks really nice.

    • andy_o

      I'm don't want this app, but I'm conceiving a kid right now just in case I want this app in the future.

      • anzensepp1987

        Made me laugh! Thanks dude! :D

      • autre_pensee

        I wish i could upvote your comment a dozen time. Really great line.

    • http://blog.jestermx6.com/ George Fayad

      Same here lol. I had some credit from Google Rewards so I figured why not.

    • Layman76

      I'm 18 and I'm buying it...
      I love children.

  • Lamm

    Very useful. If I had seen this before, I wouldn't have spent money on that stupid motorola baby monitor whose battery lasts for only 25 minutes.

  • Nick

    As a parent of an 18 month old, I'll say this: Audio only is not really all that helpful. I set up a Foscam Wireless IP cam above her crib so we can get audio and video. There have been countless times when she has made some noise and we wondered if she was ok in her crib. A quick pull up of the camera allows an easy visual confirmation that yes, everything is ok she is just stirring in her sleep, or no, she is awake and ready to get up. With out the video, we wouldn't really have any way to know that.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I did the same thing but with dropcam, but it's not a portable solution. This would be perfect, however, for monitoring at friends' houses when the baby goes to sleep and you're still hanging out, or when the baby falls asleep at home away from the camera.

      The ability to forward call and message alerts from the transmitting device is a nice touch.

    • Theratchetnclank

      Or you could you know just get up and look.

      • Floss

        And wake them the rest of the way up and then have a even grumpier baby? Nice one genius.

    • Zaatour36

      "You can upvote this feature on our
      Google Moderator page http://goo.gl/J9mFhG as well as suggest new
      features you would like to see."

  • ralphwiggum1

    Just bought it. Please add video, too, Dormi.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That would be a nice addition indeed.

    • http://dormi.sleekbit.com Dormi developers

      Thank you!
      Please, take a few seconds to visit our Google Moderator page and up-vote the video streaming request: http://goo.gl/J9mFhG
      If you think there's any other features missing, just add a new one in there. If you have any other concerns, drop us an email.

  • stealthvoodoo

    My wife and I already use an old tablet for music for our son, so this would be an awesome addition if it works with the music playing. I'll have to test it out.

  • Eric Vaughan

    Are there any plans to add video to this? Even video on demand would be nice (click a button to activate video). I guess one issue would be lowlight/dark rooms, but it would be a nice option.

    • http://dormi.sleekbit.com Dormi developers

      We do have plans extending the application. Our experience tells us that users can come up with great ideas, so our plans are rather flexible - but video does appear to be a frequently mentioned feature. Please, visit our Google Moderator page to upvote it: http://goo.gl/J9mFhG

    • Zaatour36

      got this from the developers

      "You can upvote this feature on ourGoogle Moderator page http://goo.gl/J9mFhG as well as suggest new
      features you would like to see."

  • cabbiebot

    Okay, where is the promo code entered?

    • cabbiebot

      Found it, its in Billing and you tap the top right icon (tag with a percentage on it) to enter it. I figured it would prompt me at payment, so I accidently purchased the full price at $6.29 :/

      • http://dormi.sleekbit.com Dormi developers

        Drop us an email, we can refund the order.

        • cabbiebot

          Thank you! It's been cancelled. In the app it still shows I have the Lifetime unlimited usage at a price of $6.29, I assume this will update to reflect it's been cancelled soon?

  • cabbiebot

    Where do we enter the promo code?

  • Sxeptomaniac

    This is actually right up my alley. We have a 7-week-old baby. We're in a small apartment, so, most of the time, a monitor isn't really worth the expense at this time. However, I have a few old phones laying around that would work perfectly for this.

  • MelanieO34

    Ah nice, I felt a bit confused as i got different code on another website but same discount so am glad, very useful application indeed.

  • Rob

    I just picked up the pro key, and I'm excited to get this hooked up once I get home. Is it possible to hook up one parent device to multiple monitoring phones?

    • Alphajoe

      Good question. And: How many licenses will that require?

  • Vince

    Do we have to buy the licence on both phones ?

  • Zaatour36

    I sent a suggestion for video support to the developer, and got a fast response to upvote this suggestion.

    Thank you for your feedback.

    As of now, we do not support video streaming. However, we are likely
    going to implement it in an update. You can upvote this feature on our
    Google Moderator page http://goo.gl/J9mFhG as well as suggest new
    features you would like to see.

    Best regards,

    -szabolcs vrbos


  • alexcue

    Nice! Just picked up the lifetime pass - the discount was too good to pass up. Don't even have a kid yet, but I do have some leftover Android phones. Here's hoping they implement video!

  • Ed A

    Just bought the unlimited license, how can I add my wife's phone as a parent device? Do I need to buy another license?

  • arm

    Promocode doesn't work today

  • ACG

    Check out "Munchkin Monitor" -- Its got both audio and video support!

    • Gregg

      +1 !

  • gianna franchi

    I would like to recommend this app that allow your child to learn animals sounds and also their name in multiple languages