An "intelligent" cot, which automatically rocks babies to sleep, controls their temperature, and allows parents to monitor their offspring from another room has been developed by four male university students.
With its temperature control feature it is hoped the cot will reduce cases of cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which are often linked to babies' 'overheating' in bed.
The cot connects to modern home network systems, allowing parents to monitor the temperature and see and hear their child from any room.
It also remotely rocks the baby to sleep, the mattress can be raised or lowered, making changing nappies easier and life less difficult for mothers who have had a caesarean section and find it difficult to bend or lift.
The four students came up with the idea as part of their final year Industrial Design project at Coventry University.
The group decided the basic design and function of the cot had not changed over the years and was in need of a revamp for the 21st century.
Research for the project included interviewing nursery nurses, midwives and parents and highlighted fears among new mums and dads of SIDS or cot death.
The students said that because overheating is believed to be one of the main causes of SIDS, temperature control was made a core feature.