CES 2016: Safety first

13 : 01 : 2016 Owlet : CES 2016 : IOT

Las Vegas – Smart baby monitor start-up Owlet has unveiled a connected sock that alerts parents if their baby stops breathing.

: The device is linked to a hub that sounds an alarm and flashes red when triggered

: A smartphone app enables parents to monitor their child’s oxygen levels and heart rate

Owlet smart baby monitor, US Owlet smart baby monitor, US
Owlet smart baby monitor, US Owlet smart baby monitor, US
Owlet smart baby monitor, US Owlet smart baby monitor, US

The sock uses a miniaturised version of the technology found in pulse oximeters – medical devices that attach to a patient’s finger or earlobe to monitor oxygen saturation levels. 

Described by the company as ‘necessary technology’, the device is designed to measure a baby’s vital signs and act accordingly rather than build a detailed profile of their health.

‘A lot of the technology coming out is causing parents to obsess more, so we made a very conscious effort to be the monitor in the background that will alert parents if something is wrong,’ says Zack Bomsta, co-founder of Owlet. ‘We are not about parents poring over data or looking at their smartphones and being able to say ‘our baby got 1% better sleep last night’.’

The Big Picture

For some, data-tracking software is a hindrance rather than a help, associated with increased levels of stress and anxiety. Owlet’s functional device presents a less invasive option for parents looking to safeguard their child’s wellbeing.

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