Every new parent is familiar with diapers, obviously. (Probably way too familiar—like, intimately familiar. Yeah.) And since babies and diapers are practically inseparable, the geniuses at Pampers have decided that your baby's diaper should work a little harder for you. New parents can use all the help they can get, after all, so why be old-school when you could be high-tech? Enter "smart diapers."
The brand-new Lumi by Pampers system, just announced by Procter & Gamble, will hit the market this fall (you can sign up for the waiting list online to gain early access). Pampers is calling Lumi "the world's first all-in-one connected care system" for your baby, and it really is pretty impressive: Just attach the little sensor to the front of the specially designed diaper, download the app (available for iPhone or Android), and set up the video monitor in the nursery for complete digital tracking of your baby's activity, sleep, and dirty-diaper situation. The monitor offers a wide-angle HD view—with night vision!—and also features two-way audio and tracks room temperature and humidity levels.
The app makes it easy to track sleep patterns, so crucial for newborns, as well as feeding and diapering routines, in one convenient place. It also takes the place of a traditional baby monitor, with the bonus of high-quality video, and it's all right there on your smartphone, available anytime with a tap of the screen.
Of course, as with all devices that digitally track your life, you may have privacy concerns. This app houses A LOT of information about your baby: A Pampers spokesperson tells CNN Business that "the account information will include a baby's name, sex, date of birth, and a 24-hour archive of video from the monitor, plus a profile picture if the parents choose to use one." The spokesperson reiterated that "We take privacy and security very seriously. Only Lumi by Pampers account holders with their valid credentials will be able to access their baby's data on the Lumi app."
Every parent will have to decide for him- or herself whether the usefulness of tracking tech in the nursery outweighs the risk, of course. But I'm willing to bet that, in the frantic sleeplessness of those first few months, anything that helps keep your new baby happy, healthy, and dry will seem like a pretty darn great idea—and Pampers, it seems, is making the same bet.
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