I'm still trying to figure out my shape/design for my new pool, and am currently investigating safety pool covers. Given that I have 2 little girls (4 and 2), I think that we definitely want to go the safety cover route vs. a mesh pool fence. The automatic covers looks pretty cool, but so far the ballpark estimate I've gotten is ~$9k, which definitely hurts the wallet. A co-worker of mine was just mentioning that he bought non-automatic, manual safety cover for about $3,500, and he really likes it.
I'd be interested to here pros/cons either way from people that have experience with these products.