About this project
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MonBaby is a small wireless device that snaps onto any article of a child’s clothing, just like a button. It tracks your baby’s breathing rate, movement level and sleep position, transmitting vital signs and important alerts directly to your smartphone in order to improve sleep for all. We designed MonBaby to give you simplicity and peace of mind. Just one glance at your phone will tell you if your baby is awake or asleep, how he’s breathing, and what position he’s in.
THE BACKSTORY (from inventor, Arturas Vaitaitis)
When my first child was born, I experienced incredible anxiety. I couldn’t sleep and was constantly worrying if my baby was sleeping through the night and breathing correctly. I would reach over the side of his crib and poke him, which only resulted in waking him up. For me, my son sleeping on his stomach was a big concern because of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It was taking a toll on all aspects of my life, and I had to find a solution.
What if there was a way to check on my son from anywhere in my house? Sure, there are baby monitors, but they don’t tell you whether your child’s patterns are normal and they certainly don’t tell you if something is wrong. The idea for MonBaby was born.
MonBaby takes a different proactive approach from standard baby monitors by sending real-time updates of your baby’s breathing, movement and sleep stats five times per second directly to your smartphone via the MonBaby app (iPhone or Android).
If there’s a problem? Ding! Your phone will alert you immediately.
We integrated a feature that lets you choose which alerts you receive. For example, the MonBaby app can send an alert every time your baby rolls onto his or her stomach so you can quickly respond. You can create similar alerts for breathing, restless sleep and other conditions you’re concerned about.
To detect slightest movements, Monbaby contains MEMS 14bit accelerometr that measures breathing motion, body orientation and activity level.
MonBaby is based on Bluetooth Low Energy technology.
Being a cordless monitor, Monbaby does not come with the strangulation hazard associated with baby monitors that have cords. It runs off a simple 3V coin-cell CR2032 battery that lasts up to five weeks in active mode and up to a year in passive mode.
The antenna range is 50-200 feet, depending on em interference conditions.
Our hope is that this technology will provide all the tools parents need to effectively monitor their children, and respond immediately to any dangerous conditions.
Earlier this year, MonBaby was awarded the Wearable Technology prize in the Smart Clothing category at the 2014 Innovation World Cup in Munich, Germany. Read more here: http://www.innovationworldcup.com/2014/01/a-smart-step-towards-the-future/
And the media is already taking notice:
"Tech for the sake of your fluffy new infant? That's the best kind of tech for humanity's sake!" www.NotImpossibleNow.com
We’ve been tweaking and perfecting MonBaby for two years, and we’ve tested several different prototypes with many families. Their response has been overwhelmingly positive. Now, it’s time to bring MonBaby to a mainstream audience so all parents can experience the same peace of mind and their children can get the rest they need to be happy and healthy. That’s where you come in.
Your support of this campaign will help us fast-track the manufacturing process so we can begin shipping MonBaby to families all over the world before the end of the year. This device is easy, effective and affordable, and we know it’s something that will be a tremendous help to parents everywhere. Reaching our goal of helping millions of families starts right here. Our goal of $15,000 will allow us to produce first 500 units. Your support is crucial at this stage.
While we set out to create MonBaby to help new parents, we quickly realized its implications far beyond newborns. Parents with toddlers can use MonBaby to alert them if their child falls down, or if she moves too far out of a specified play area.
The technology will also be incredible helpful for caregivers of the elderly, and we’re looking forward to further exploring these opportunities in the near future.
MonBaby is the debut product from MonDevices, a team of technologists, engineers and data analysts that are passionate about improving quality of life through wearable technology. MonDevices is based in New York City.
Risks and challenges
Having the right partner for manufacturing is one of the most important points in tech production. We have already established a partnership with a local manufacturing facility and have run through several prototype boards.
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