Sep 17, 2020
Real confidence helps Adams succeed as Rodgers top target
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The age gap separating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams was evident from one way they communicated this week.
Rodgers and Adams were sitting in the Packers’ locker room Wednesday when the 27-year-old wideout sent a text message to the veteran quarterback
“It’s this generation now,” the 36-year-old Rodgers quipped.“They’d rather send a text across the locker room than walk across.”
They may prefer different methods of communication, but Rodgers and Adams have developed quite the relationship on the field.
Adams caught 14 passes from Rodgers in a season-opening 43-34 victory over the Minnesota Vikings to tie Don Hutson’s 78-year franchise record for receptions in a game. Adams also scored twice and now has an NFL-leading 42 touchdown catches since 2016.
That’s a remarkable rise for guy who totaled just four touchdown catches in his first two seasons. Yet Rodgers says he could tell even then Adams had the confidence to develop into a special player.
“I think some guys step on the field and believe they’re the best player on the field, and a lot of it is bravado and false confidence, their own kind of rebuttal to the insecurity they feel maybe about their own abilities or abilities to perform at this level,” Rodgers said. “There’s been a few guys over the years who have had real confidence. Davante Adams has since he got here.”
Rodgers said he can distinguish which people have real confidence rather than false bravado by how they respond to adversity. Adams offers a similar perspective.
“Some people, when they go through tough times, they start to question themselves and their abilities and what they bring to the table and what they can do and how everybody else views them,” Adams said. “But when you have full, real confidence in yourself, you just look at certain setbacks or certain things that happen as just something that happened rather than it’s a part of who you are and it’s going factor into your next move or whatever.”
Even with all that confidence, Adams acknowledges he needed time to feel comfortable initiating the conversations with Rodgers that former teammates Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb had often conducted with the veteran quarterback.
Adams hoped to develop a similar type of kinship with the two-time MVP but didn’t want to come across the wrong way.
“It was something he always encouraged,” Adams said. “He wanted me to come and talk to him, share thoughts throughout the week, throughout the game, but I didn’t necessarily want him to think I’m calling for the ball or doing this. As we went along a little bit longer and got used to each other and got to know each other really well, he knew where it was coming from, he understood my football IQ and just started trusting me and trusting my eyes out on the field, and I think that spread throughout the coaches as well.”
Now they’re at a point where Adams isn’t shy about suggesting routes to Rodgers during a game.
“It’s extremely gratifying when it’s third-and-6 and I, say. come out of nowhere and tell him the route I think I want to run on third down, and we run it and it works,” Adams said. “That’s how that trust is built up, and that’s what’s gotten us to the point we’re at now.”
Rodgers and Adams could be facing a secondary dealing with uncertainty for the second straight week.
Green Bay torched a Vikings defense whose three main cornerbacks were all 23 or younger. Detroit has its own cornerback issues with hamstring problems putting Justin Coleman on injured reserve and preventing Desmond Trufant from practicing Wednesday.
Rookie first-round pick Jeff Okudah — another Lions cornerback — was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and could make his NFL debut Sunday after missing a season-opening loss to Chicago with a hamstring injury.
Adams said he doesn’t focus much on an opponent’s injury situation as he gets ready for a game. He just concentrates on helping make sure the Packers are at their best each Sunday. That includes those frequent conversations with Rodgers, whether in person or by text.
“We’ll do stuff like that, where something will be in my head and maybe it’s not the time to talk in person but I’ve got something I want to share or whatever,” Adams said. “We do that all the time. He’s an open book and same with me, so that’s just kind of how we function.”
NOTES: Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark didn’t practice Wednesday due to a groin injury that knocked him out of the Vikings game in the first half. … The Packers signed offensive tackle Ryan Pope and defensive lineman Billy Winn to the practice squad. They released defensive lineman Daylon Mack from the practice squad.
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This smart baby monitor tracks my son's breathing to alert me when he's awake — it's easy to use and helps me monitor his sleep patterns
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The Miku Smart Baby Monitor uses radio waves to monitor a baby's breathing. Hillary Grigonis
- Using radio waves instead of wearables, the Miku monitors breathing to track a baby's sleep.
- The Miku Smart Baby Monitor (currently $399) is a reliable sleep tracker that parents can use to recognize and fix sleep problems.
- From its simple setup to extras like built-in white noise, the Miku is easy to use but not without weaknesses like slow notifications when baby wakes.
- However, of all the monitors we tested, the Miku stood far enough above the rest to land our pick for the best smart monitor in our guide to the best video baby monitors.
- Design and specs
- Setup, security, and safety
- Simple sleep tracking
- Late alerts and a mic that's too good
- The bottom line
My Fitbit provided evidence of how much — or rather, how little — I slept with a newborn. But as my son grew and went from 20-minute naps one day to two-hour naps the next, I longed for the same technology to help my sleep-deprived brain recognize what helped him sleep and what didn't.
That's why I was happy to try out the Miku Smart Baby Monitor, which the brand supplied for this review. The Miku is a video monitor with a touchless breathing sensor that uses radio waves to detect movement in the room at levels sensitive enough to sense each breath while baby sleeps. Without wearables, it is as simple to use as any basic video monitor. It not only offers extra reassurance for parents but analyzes sleep patterns so you actually have an answer when the pediatrician asks how well your baby is sleeping.
The Miku can be attached to a wall or mounting stand, or simply placed on a table. Hillary GrigonisDesign and specs
- 5 megapixel camera with 130-degree view
- 1080p HD video with night vision infrared LEDs
- iOS and Android compatible
- Awake and sleep alerts
- Motion sensor with breath monitoring
- Sleep analytics
- Two-way audio
- Integrated white noise
- Remote operation
The Miku is best mounted above the crop to give the breathing sensor a good view of the baby's chest rising and falling. Alternatively, you can use the included mounting stand or place the Miku on a tabletop.
The Miku app streams live footage from the camera, with important information overlaid on top: respiration level, breath patterns, and room temperature and humidity.
The home screen also houses tools to take a picture or to use the two-way audio. A white noise machine is built in, through which you can play lullabies, white noise, or those strange noises that seem to help some babies sleep, like a dishwasher.
The analytics tab offers separate summaries for night and day sleep patterns, using color-coded charts.
A third tab lists activity, including movement and sound alerts, which you can view videos of and save, if you wish. The final tab houses the device settings.
Miku had the fewest Wi-Fi connection issues compared to other monitors that I've tried so far. Any delays were only a second or two, and I never experienced an app crash. When my internet stopped working, Miku immediately sent an alert to my smartphone.Setup, security, and safety
The Miku was simple to use right out of the box, and the app walks you through the setup process. I used the stand, and it took about 20 to 30 minutes to set everything up.
To connect the app to the monitor, you need to physically press the button on the monitor — an extra measure to help prevent hacking. Miku can also generate a random access code to access the video feed from a second device.
The effect of radiation from Wi-Fi equipped devices hasn't been well studied in babies. However, the radio waves that allow the Miku to monitor breathing emit 10,000 times less radiation than a smartphone, according to the company. The FCC recommends placing any wireless devices a few inches away from the body, so the Miku's touch-free design isn't just about convenience. That's not to say that the Miku emits lower radiation than other Wi-Fi enabled video monitors but simply means that the breathing sensor isn't adding additional exposure.Simple sleep tracking
The Miku is different from other smart baby monitors because of the motion sensor that's sensitive enough to track breathing; other monitors use wearables or a sensor pad. The sleep tracking is a big plus. My son has several food sensitivities, and I could easily use the Miku in conjunction with a food journal to recognize patterns.
Miku's alerts are designed to prevent false notifications — only sending an alert after the baby has been moving for a few minutes. The company says the breathing sensor sends an alert for any sleep apnea pauses longer than 20 seconds. Thankfully, I didn't have the opportunity to test this, but other reviewers have tested the feature using a robotic baby and the monitor responded when robot baby's breathing was turned off.
Hillary GrigonisLate alerts and a mic that's too good
The Miku is the smartest baby monitor I've used, but it's missing my favorite feature on my old school audio monitor: voice detection. The Miku only senses when there's an unusual noise in the room, and existing white noise mixed with quieter noises coming from my son meant he didn't reach the threshold to trigger an alert. This was probably due in part to running a fan in the room, and my son also tends to wake up happy and babbling. In three weeks of use, I only received one sound alert, but in that case, the monitor erred too far on the side of caution.
Because the microphone is so sensitive, I can hear the fan and the Miku's built-in white noise when I livestream. Even with the fan off, the app audio still had a constant white noise. The alerts also sound like any other alert on my smartphone, with no option to customize them — a feature that Miku hopefully adds later with updated firmware.
Hillary GrigonisThe bottom line
I avoided video monitors with my oldest because so many moms told me the video wasn't detailed enough to show each breath. The Miku changes that, using a motion sensor that's so sensitive, the app will graph each breath for you. Besides the peace of mind, that constant monitoring powers analytics that could be used to recognize and fix sleep problems.
Unlike similar monitors, the Miku doesn't require any type of wearable. A few others use just the video feed to monitor movement, like the Cocoon Cam, but reviews suggest the tracking isn't as reliable.
The convenience of the Miku comes at a price though. At $400 normally, it is one of the more expensive video monitors on the market, in line with options like the Owlet. The Nanit is $100 less, but the option with the swaddle to track breathing is only $20 less. The Cubo ($249) doesn't monitor breathing but will send out instant alerts if the baby's face is covered.
The Miku is excellent as a sleep tracker and good but not excellent as a video monitor with a few annoyances like constant white noise. Like other smart monitors that I've tested, it isn't without a wish list of potential updates. And at $400, I would expect the wish list to be a little shorter. But, ultimately, the touch-free sleep tracking, reliable app, and simple setup are enough to overlook the other minor quirks.
Pros: Sleep tracking, touch-free breathing sensor, easy to use, built-in white noise, reliable app, little Wi-Fi lag
Cons: Unreliable noise alerts, white noise during live-streaming
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