Sensorized teddy bear tracks your baby's health
Teddy the Guardian is a plush toy made from organic cotton and wool and equipped with sensors that measure heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and temperature, while relaying the data via Bluetooth to a parent's smartphone
Published Friday, July 19, 2013 8:47AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 19, 2013 8:49AM EDT
While sensorized health tracking devices are a hot trend for adults, what about babies? A new startup based out of Zagreb, Croatia, has developed and launched a new sensorized teddy bear for tracking the health stats of young children.
Teddy the Guardian is a plush toy made from organic cotton and wool and equipped with sensors that measure heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and temperature, while relaying the data via Bluetooth to a parent's smartphone. TechCrunch reports that the bear's sensors are located in various places around its body -- sensorized paws can track heart rate and oxygen levels, for example.
One of the benefits of the bear is that it can help provide accurate, consistent data on a baby's vital signs, which sometimes can become skewed at a doctor's office where a child may become stressed. Plus, busy parents can keep tabs on their child's stress levels over the course of a particular day.
Future versions include sensors for tracking blood sugar levels for diabetic children.
While no launch date is set, Teddy the Guardian's sensors have already received FDA approval and the company, IDerma, hopes to seeks CE approval, plus they've received interest from markets in China and India -- the increase in disposable income in rapidly developing countries has resulted in an interest in spending more money on a family's first-born child, IDerma co-founder Josipa Majic told TechCrunch.
Another new sensorized device geared for young children are Smart Diapers, which feature a QR code on the bottom of the diaper that not only changes colors when a baby has urinated but can also track his or her hydration and kidney health.