Wednesday, June 24, 2015

5 Futuristic Baby Wearable Monitors

This sponsored post was provided by Wearables.com.

We have seen wearable technology permeate every industry over the past few years, so it comes as no surprise that a plethora of baby-monitoring devices have found their way into the consumer market. Although wearables’ usefulness as advanced baby monitors is undeniable, the danger of substituting technology for actual parenting is one that comes with the territory.

Targeted mostly towards millennials, the following infant wearables could be the future of baby safety for new parents — just as long as they are seen more as peace-of-mind offerings rather than entrusted, catchall devices designed to protect your baby from all danger.

Mimo: A wearable onesie

One Boston-based startup is seeking to provide new parents with fewer sleepless nights with Mimo, a wearable onesie that tracks your babies’ vitals and relays that information in real-time to your smartphone. The organic cotton “kimono” features two green stripes that behave as respiratory sensors, as well as a detachable turtle clip that monitors skin temperature, breathing pattern, and body position. Mimo offers a level of customization by building individual kits based on age: “We know that every baby is different, and every parent is unique. So why should your baby monitor be built just like everyone else’s?” asks the company. Parents have the option of setting alerts for their babies’ activity, from rolling over to waking up to a change in breathing pattern. The companion app shows the last 10 days of data, allowing parents to discern optimal feeding and bedtimes for the most efficient night of rest. But considering that Mimo is not that different from current baby monitors on the market, who is actually using this product? “Anecdotally, we’ve found that millennial parents like Mimo,” said co-founder Dulcie Madden. “This could be because millennial consumers are more data-driven. Mimo gives them specific data insights about their child’s sleeping behavior.” The Mimo kit currently retails for $199.

Owlet: A smart baby bootie

Similarly, the Owlet baby sock uses pulse oximetry to non-invasively measure heart rate, oxygen levels, and track skin temp. The hypoallergenic sock also connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to check on your baby constantly and remotely. Owlet markets itself with messaging like, “There is no more stressful tip toeing into baby’s room like a ninja to verify that your baby is ok.” Even so, Owlet also stresses that alerts are only sent only when absolutely necessary, saying, “You are a parent, not a fireman.” The Owlet socks are currently going for $249 and include three sock sizes for your growing tot.

Sproutling: An emotion-detecting band

Taking it one step further, the $299 Sproutling baby band not only monitors vitals, but also predicts sleep habits and heart rate based on past data. Its smart charger furthermore behaves as an environmental sensor, allowing parents to adjust room temp, sound, and light levels for optimal sleeping conditions. The companion app sends alerts in real-time for 16 measurements — what the company calls “insights, not data.” Perhaps most interesting of all, the app predicts baby’s mood “before you walk into a room,” although the need for a smartphone to discern whether a child is “calm, fussy, or angry” might seem like a fairly counter-intuitive way of learning what your baby inherently needs. We again see how these devices are targeted at millennials. Co-founder Mathew Spolin says, “that’s a group that has internet-connected smartphones in their pocket and their technology demands are much higher than previous generations.”

Read about 2 more wearable baby monitors: TempTraq thermometers and Smart Diapers at Wearables.com

 

11 comments:

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

Wow, who knew they could come up with stuff like this? It's kind of neat!

Masshole Mommy said...

I think these are pretty neat. I would have used one of those when my boys were babies.

dschrod2003 said...

I had no idea such things existed. Very interesting!

BellaVida Letty said...

These are really clever gadgets. Great to have so many options.

Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy said...

Excellent products to help you monitor everything. Love them.

Jeanine said...

These are amazing. I had no idea about the onesie and I think that is really neat. Not sure I'd buy one, but if given one I'd for sure try it out! Very neat.

Gabriela Anderson said...

Really cool products.

OrneryPhilosophy said...

What a great idea!

Ashleigh said...

I am about to have baby #4 and I have never heard of this before. What a cool idea!

Dagmar Lesher said...

I didnt know that any of these even existed!! Pretty cool ideas.

Tannis said...

After losing our first child, products like these would be a life saver for moms like me and would help reduce anxiety!