Sproutling Baby Monitor Lets You Watch Your Baby’s Heartbeat on Your Phone
If you’re a digitally savvy adult, you’re probably wearing something like a Jawbone UP or a Misfit Shine to record how much exercise you get. Your kids might have an activity tracker like the LeapBand strapped to their wrists. Even your dog may sport a Tagg tracker or a Whistle monitor (review) on its collar.
What’s left to measure?
Babies, of course.
(All images courtesy of Sproutling)
This morning, a San Francisco startup unveiled a baby monitor for the quantified age. This is not your mom’s one-way radio transmitter or even your best friend’s 24/7 babycam. The Sproutling Baby Monitor straps gently to your baby’s ankle and delivers a steady stream of data about the little squib’s vitals directly to an app on your phone.
The flexible monitor Velcros around the infant’s ankle and uses Bluetooth to send data to a puck-shaped wireless hub and charger. The charger also has sensors that measure environmental factors like the amount of light and sound in the room, and then transmits all that data to the app.
All told, the Sproutling monitor transmits 16 measurements per second — everything from the baby’s heartbeat and body position to how noisy the room is. That’s more than 1,000 data points each minute. It’s an overwhelming amount of information, even for the most obsessive new parent, says Sproutling co-founder Mathew Spolin. So the app translates that data into a few key metrics.
For example, Sproutling gauges what your child’s normal skin temperature is and then sends you an alert if it suddenly spikes or drops. Using an internal gyroscope, it can determine if your baby is sleeping on her back or stomach, and alert you when she rolls over. The app will factor in the baby’s movements, normal sleep patterns, and the amount of light or noise in the environment, and then use that data to predict when your child will wake up and whether she’ll be a gurgling bundle of joy or a screaming hellion.