Sproutling is a new wearable for new parents

Sproutling is a new wearable for new parents
We all know that there are a ton of wearables on the way, and usually when we think of wearables, we think about smartwatches, fitness bands, Google Glass, and sleep monitors. We also usually assume that these wearables will be worn by the person getting the use out of it, but that is changing with a new wearable for newborns called Sproutling.

The idea of Sproutling is to either supplement or replace a traditional baby monitor. A baby monitor is usually audio or video to let you keep track of your baby as it sleeps, but Sproutling wants to get smart about it. The device comes in two parts - the wearable band for the baby, and the "charging bowl" which not only charges the device, but sends the data to the parents' smartphone. The app will even be able to track multiple children, as long as each has their own Sproutling band. The wearable will obviously be able to track more personal data than simply if the baby is asleep or not. 

It will track the baby's heart rate and movements, and try to interpret and predict a number of things. The plan is to be able to interpret your baby's mood, predict when it is going to wake up, and send alerts which could prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is said to happen when a baby sleeps on its stomach, so Sproutling will send an alert when the baby is in that position, so it can be moved. 

Interestingly, the Sproutling was made by a startup founded by former Apple and Google engineers. The device is available for pre-order right now for $249, although the pre-order supply seems to be disappearing quickly. General sales are expected to start next year. 


source: Sproutling via The Verge 

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6 Comments

1. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

interesting

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Soon there will be human beings who have monitored by private companies and governments since they were born. Perhaps even before they are born when pregnant mommies get their "Google Fit".

4. AlikMalix unregistered

0xFFFF, you have a delicate point here, but I've noticed that you have almost nothing good to say about any tech news... Like I said, you may have a point, but this is another option that is quite intriguing for those that may want to take advantage of. U dont think that Tech Companies should seize innovating and inventing things because they may potentially lead to a Big Brother Government? Not pounding on you, just curious if there's something beyond that negative sentiment, that everyone should know...

3. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Radio transmitting, PLASTIC device strapped onto my new born baby all day every day? No thanks!

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont think it's something I'd let a kid wear all the time, but I can think of a few moments in it's baby life where this would be extremely needed. My daughter got sick, and my wife and I tried to stay up all night just to make sure she doesn't suffocate or get "call 911" sick for a few nights - we are both working parents - accidentally wife and I fell asleep for an hour or two. Nothing bad happened, she got better, but it would absolutely helped to ease our minds if there was an alarm incase of breathing problems, or temperature spike... If you are a parent, something like this is worth double the price it's offered at for nights like these... And dont forget, today when a baby is born in the hospital, they attache a "radio transmitting, plastic device" on the leg really tightly (so no one takes it off) that signals if they baby is carried out of the building before it's ready to be released with parents.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Will this only be available on iOS?

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