There can be a lot of guesswork in being a new parent. Is the baby crying because he's hungry, tired, cold or hot? Will putting him to bed make things worse? It feels like we only just fed him ... but maybe he needs more?
But the US creators of a new clothing system say they've taken the guessing out of parenthood, claiming that their new Exmobaby suit "knows how your baby feels".
This suit seems innocent enough at first glance - the onesie comes in pink or blue and is made of machine washable materials. Then you learn that it's actually a "super-powered wireless biosensor garment" which can measure your baby’s temperature, movements and heart rate via sensors built into the fabric. It transmits the collected data to a computer, which can send text messages and emails in real-time as the data changes.
The creators of the Exmobaby suit claim that the kit will eventually accumulate enough data about your baby that it will be able to indicate his or her current and future emotional states, using "emotion detection algorithms which measure energy and alertness, as well as mood". The suit will learn even faster when parents input special information into the system.
The kit is also said to alert parents if their child's heart rate has dropped to dangerous levels.
The kit will accumulate enough data about your baby that it will be able to indicate his or her current and future emotional states.
The standard kit costs $1000 and includes six months of online service.
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