Thoughtfully-designed baby monitor wearable that empowers parents
Another digital parenting tool is New Deal Design's Sproutling, a wearable device and sensor-tracking technology that wraps around an infant's ankle. Through Sproutling, parents will be able to track their baby's sleeping patterns, Wired reported.
In 2013, two San Francisco-based entrepreneurs, Chris Bruce and Mathew Spolin, contacted a local product designer called Gadi Amitwith the idea of making a wearable device. "They had some core sensors and a general idea for the branding," Amit says. "But, as is usually the case with wearables, most of the sensors brought to us were raw inventions from a medical lab. The end users are not medical professionals." In fact, in the case of Bruce's and Spolin's device, the Sproutling, the end users were babies.
At first glance, the Sproutling looks a little like a high-tech house-arrest anklet for babies, but actually monitors their vital signs, tracks heartbeat, body temperature and the noise level in the room, while they sleep. Think of it like a Fitbit for babies.
“The first thing to know about Sproutling is that it’s not for the baby. It’s for the parents. Every touchpoint—both physical and digital—is crafted with overwhelmed parents in mind.”
“If they’re right that high-tech tools can keep parents calm instead of adding to the stress of parenting, Sproutling could have a winner on its hands.”
“It’s great that Sproutling is offering this type of machine-learning technology as it sounds like this will be a godsend for parents to catch an extra few hours of sleep before their baby requires attention.”
“Parenting in the 21st century isn't too much different than parenting in the decades before it, but if Sproutling [is] successful, it might just be slightly less stressful for new parents.”
Rewarding as it is, being a new parent can be really scary – which is why most first time moms and dads are more than willing to seek all the help they can get. With this in mind, some Apple and Google alums have teamed behind a San Francisco startup called Sproutling, whose first product is a smart wearable baby monitor.
“Given the attention around both wearable sensors and smartphone apps, it’s not surprising that a team has come up with a completely new notion of a baby monitor. What is surprising, though, is that the idea seems like quite a good one.”