How Strollers Will Look Like in the Future
If you’re a tech enthusiast like me, you’ve probably wondered how strollers will look like and what sorts of features it’ll come with in the future. Being addicted to strollers, that’s exactly what I’ve been thinking about every now and then. With new tech – smartphones, cameras, cars – coming out every few months or so, I sure wonder what’s taking so long to invent the next generation stroller. In fact, I was extremely curious about this topic this past Labor Day weekend and I actually set out to learn more about future strollers and what they might offer. Eventually, I stumbled upon a video showing a new prototype stroller by Volkswagen Netherlands. Volkswagen? Stroller? Those two words don’t really associate with one another, but in this case, they do.
Just watch the video below. I’ll wait.
How impressed are you? I certainly liked the idea of having an automatic braking stroller, but had mixed feelings about the adaptive cruise control. Obviously, having an automatic braking feature in a stroller would be awesome to prevent any unwanted accidents. On the other hand, while having a stroller that senses and follows behind the parent can be nice, I don’t think it’s a very practical one. I also find it quite disruptive to the whole parenthood experience.
A handful of parents that I know sometimes just stay at home rather than having to deal with setting up the stroller and taking their kids out for a stroll. Understandably, I’ll admit that I occasionally feel the same way too whenever I am extremely exhausted. If so, won’t a self-steering stroller be nice then?
I don’t think so. For me, the whole purpose of getting out of the house with my kids in the stroller is to spend some quality time. This means pushing the stroller at a leisure pace, checking in on them through the peekaboo window and talking to them. This not only helps strengthen the parent-child bond, but also creates long lasting memories. After all, who doesn’t want to catch their kid saying something hilarious without them even knowing it? I’ve personally caught my kids saying some really funny things or doing silly things while I’m on a stroll and I definitely wouldn’t trade convenience for it. Spending quality time with my kids is extremely important to me and I would not trade anything for it.
On the flip side, there is no doubt that future strollers will continue to have more features that will make it much easier and convenient for parents. Just look at how cellphones have evolved from the 1990s, when they heavy, bulky, and had no internet access to the present day when they are called “smartphones.” While there will certainly be features on future strollers that will blow my mind, there will also be those like the adaptive cruise control feature (as you’ve seen in the video) which I won’t be particularly fond of. There needs to be a balance between convenience and being able to spend quality time with your kids, even if it is just on a short 20 minute stroll.
One of these features that I’ll certainly find useful is automatic folding and unfolding of the stroller. In fact, the last time I checked, the team at 4moms did just that with the Origami stroller. With a push of a button, the Origami stroller was able to fold and unfold by itself! I’ll be sure to do a review on the Origami stroller in the near future! Other features that would certainly be nice to see in future strollers include having a smaller footprint and being more lightweight, yet still being durable and sturdy. Having an automatic canopy that adjusts itself by tracking the position of the sun can also be pretty neat.
Regardless of whether strollers like the one you see in the Volkswagen video will materialize and be sold in the market in the near future, one thing that I’m sure of is that there needs to be a balance. A balance between convenience and experiencing parenthood.
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