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The Star Online: Lifestyle: Parenting

Five new health trackers for baby


Smart devices targeting the little ones.

WHILE adults have their pick of the lot when it comes to wearable health trackers, developers are now turning to an untapped market: babies. Here is a round-up of the latest sensor-packed devices for the diapered set.


This newly launched turtle-shaped device attaches to a onesie equipped with machine-washable sensors. Via Bluetooth, the data syncs with a connected app that lets parents know about how your baby is sleeping. Also, the app provides alerts if there are changes in breathing patterns, body position, and temperature, and when your baby wakes up. Available via crowdfunding, the Mimo sells to early backers for US$100 (about RM320); ships in December.


This smart baby sock gauges your little one's vitals during the night. The sensorised sock, which features a four-sensor pulse oximeter, measures your baby's heart rate, blood oxygenation levels, sleep quality, skin temperature, and sleep position. Parents can access the data via a smarpthone app. Early-bird backers of the product's crowdfunding campaign can get the Owlet for US$159 (about RM500).

Teddy the Guardian

This plush toy made from organic cotton and wool is equipped with sensors measuring heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and temperature, while relaying the data via Bluetooth to a parent's smartphone. One of the benefits of the bear is that it can help provide accurate, consistent data on a baby's vital signs, which sometimes can become skewed at a doctor's office where a child may become stressed. Future versions will include sensors for tracking blood sugar levels for diabetic children. Available for pre-order for US$69 (about RM220), with shipping set for October.

Smart Diapers

A new sensor-embedded diaper tracks not only when it's time for a nappy change but also your baby's hydration and kidney health, and alerts parents when it's time to call a doctor. New York-based Pixie Scientific has developed urine-tracking Smart Diapers, which features a QR code on the bottom of the diaper that changes colours when your baby has urinated. Parents can then scan the code with their smartphone using a companion app to log the data. Pixie Scientific recently wrapped up its campaign for the diapers, and a spokeswoman said they are now awaiting approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Huggies' TweetPee

These smart diapers, which debuted as a test product in Brazil in May, send tweets via a clip-on monitor to a companion app when they sense wetness in the diaper and can remind busy parents when it's time to buy a fresh pack. – AFP Relaxnews


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