A onesie that could save your baby's lifeWith smartwatches like the Pebble and the Galaxy Gear, fitness wristbands like the Fitbit Flex or the Nike+ Fuelband, and even Google Glass making waves in the tech world, it was only a matter of time before we got our children in on the act. We already have electronic tags for our dogs; why not electronic onesies for your baby? At least, that's what Rest Devices is betting on with its $200 Mimo smart baby monitor kit, available this fall. For your money, you get three organic cotton kimono outfits embedded with sensors, a WiFi-enabled Lilypad, and Bluetooth toy turtle. The kimono and turtle work together to detect movement, respiration, body position, skin temperature, and activity levels while the Lilypad acts as a WiFi base station, complete with a microphone.
Once the kit has been set up in the baby's crib, parents can download either a free iPhone or Android application that allows them to view data gathered by Mimo, like the number of times their baby turns over in their sleep, their breathing rate, and so on. The kit also features an alarm function which can activate in the event of an emergency. While this may sound somewhat akin to "helicopter parenting" or "overparenting," it's believed that a device like the Mimo could help reduce the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome fatalities that occur in the United States, where approximately 4,000 infants each year stop breathing and die suddenly with no attributable cause, often in their sleep.
The idea of a wearable computing device to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is not entirely unheard of, and Researchers at both the Eindhoven University of Technology and at Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin have begun developing sensor-
equipped clothing as well. Meanwhile, students at Brigham Young University have raised funds to develop a baby sock that can collect data on an infant's heart rate, oxygen intake, sleep temperature and rollover rate.
The Mimo, on the other hand, is available through its crowdfunding campaign at Dragon Innovation and will be available at retail in January 2014.