October 16, 2014
I’m not a parent, but I can certainly imagine that if and when I do become one (spoiler: I WILL become one someday) that I will likely spend every waking minute of my life concerned about the well-being of my children. Especially when kids are younger, it’s understandable for parents to worry about them constantly. For MonBaby inventor Arturas Vaitaitis, it’s this same concern for his children that motivated him to create the smart button baby monitor.
“When my first son was born, I suffered from increased anxiety,” said Vaitaitis, MonDevices‘s (the company behind MonBaby) founder and CTO. “I couldn’t sleep. I would wake up at all hours of the night to check on him, and would end up waking him up in the process. I had to come up with a solution.”
The MonBaby is a small wearable device designed to give parents a tool to remotely monitor their young children’s stats. Vaitaitis came up with the device after his paranoia surrounding sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) after the birth of his first child. And, I mean, who can blame him? I’m sure every new parent out there can empathize with the situation. With MonBaby, parents get some degree of relief from the wearable technology’s ability to track a child’s breathing, movements, sleep patterns, and any irregularities that could be indicative of any troubles.
“There are other smart baby monitors out there – or coming out – that serve similar function to ours…[but] Monbaby has a superior form factor that can be attached anywhere on baby‘s clothing. It doesn’t require the maintenance of charging batteries or buying new onesies as the baby grows. And MonBaby is more affordable than the other options that are already out there,” said CCO Daniel Klaynberg.
According to the company, while there are other similar products currently in development in the market, MonBaby is really the only smart baby monitor that offers the greatest flexibility of use and the most features. Klaynberg mentions that competitors like Mimo (a smart monitor in the form of a onesie), Sproutling (a smart ankle bracelet), and Owlet (a smart sock) simply don’t have the same longevity of use as the MonBaby; babies grow up and get bigger, and it’s simply inefficient to buy a new Mimo or new Owlet that better fits a child. MonBaby’s button design offers much more flexibility. Additionally, with the MonBaby app, parents can easily keep track of all their kids’ vitals right from their phones, and fine-tuning alerts based on certain conditions, such as specic changes in body orientation (like if a baby rolls onto his/her stomach).
Regarding any safety concerns for parents out there, the MonBaby utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy technology – 10 times less than from existing baby monitors on the market and 100 times less than cell phone radiation. And, unlike current baby monitors, there is no strangulation hazard due to the lack of cords. While the device is shaped like a button, it’s larger than the minumum 1.25 inches required to pass the choke tube test and choking hazard guidelines. The button itself is also pretty difficult to unsnap from clothing, but if and when it does manage to come loose, it can send an alert immediately to the parent.
Earlier this year, MonDevices won the Wearable Technology prize in the Smart Clothing category at the 2014 Innovation World Cup in Munich, Germany. The company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for MonBaby, hoping to raise $15,000 for the production of its first round of devices.
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