As wearable technology becomes more mainstream–evident from the plethora of vendors showcasing at CES 2014 last week–one thing becomes clearer than ever: wearables may be starting in the crib, but are no longer are in their infancy!
With the “smart baby onesie” on display at Intel’s booth–manufactured by the company, Rest Devices–parents may now have the added opportunity to keep track of health related data regarding their infants in the crib—including their respiratory rate, and thus be more aware of any potential discomfort or illness developing.
Called the title="Mimo Baby">Mimo Baby, this may represent the new baby monitor of the future, with the ability to monitor real data other than cooing or restling of covers from first generation microphone-based monitors or even baby-cams.
“Wearables are a technology for the future”, said Rich Able, Co-Founder and CMO of X2Bio, a company which has developed sophisticated wearable sensors to evaluate traumatic brain injury and concussions, and whose concussion monitoring software is currently being used by all 32 NFL teams. “Data from such wearable sensors has the potential to positively impact all of us in every aspect of our lives”, added Able.
Two green stripes across the chest–sensors which record respiratory rate–provide parents or caregivers with changes in respiratory rate. Potentially signaling breathing difficulty, this data could be valuable in management of patients with asthma or even croup. An additional removable turtle shaped device clipped on front allows monitoring of body temperature as well as activity level.
The Mimo Baby is powered by an Intel chip microprocessor built into a dual core Edison PC, the size of an SD card. While the Edison version will ship later this summer a non-Edison version will be available next week. The reported cost for three onesies and the turtle clip on will be $199.00 as a starter kit. A 2-pak of onesies will retail for $29.00 for sized from 0 to 12 months.
Data from baby Mimo will be available via a smartphone app on iOS/Android, providing real time information for you or your healthcare provider. While nothing may replace holding and touching your baby to assess any potential developing issues, this technology may certainly add additional information as an early warning system and new baby monitoring system of the future.
Intel has other novel products in their Nursery 2.0 line-up, which also feature Edison chips inside a toy frog recording a baby’s vitals connected to a LED display on a parent’s coffee cup, along with a convenient milk warmer that starts heating when the frog–which is also connected–hears the baby cry.
Technology for parents and babies in no longer science fiction!