Infant wearables are a growing niche market of devices that provide parents with information about their infants health - including body temperature, breath and heart rate, sleep position and motion, and oxygen level - on their smartphones whether they're down the hall or across the globe.
Clive Thompson, a technology writer for Wired magazine and The New York Times Magazine and author of the book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, observes:
“This whole category is likely to do well because it enters a field that already does very well,” says Thompson. “Look at the explosion in high-end strollers – people spend money on their babies. What’s driving this on the hardware side is that sensors are getting really cheap to make. And everyone knows that parents are desperate to find things to help them manage having kids.”
Thompson sees infant wearables appealing to millennial parents in their 20s and 30s who are comfortable using their phones and technology to monitor their baby. After all, “They monitor friend counts on Facebook. So the idea of having data available about their babies is something they will understand.”
Although such devices may quell parents' fears about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), they cannot reduce the incidence of SIDS and shouldn't replace proven methods that can. (Websites for Mimo, Sproutling, Owlet and Monbaby all contain FAQs that state that these are not medical devices and cannot protect babies from SIDS.)
Just like the original baby monitor, infant wearables are never a substitute for parental instinct, nor is the data they track on infants' health more useful as more is collected.
Source: The Globe and Mail