Smart Diapers Got Sensors; Pampers Takes “Wearables” To a Whole New Level
Pampers is the modern company to jump into smart, wearable devices with a new “connected care system” called Lumi that traces babies’ activity through a sensor that is attached to smart diapers.
The sensor notifies an alert to an app notification when a diaper is moist. It sends information on the baby’s sleep and wake schedules and allows parents to manually trace additional info, like messy diapers and feeding times. A video screen is included with the system and is merged into the app. Pampers didn’t say how much the policy will cost, which is launching in the US this fall.
The announcement from Pampers is a sign of the growth in the “baby tech” industry. The Internet of things has invaded homes, promising to make routines and tasks more productive. Companies have developed connected bassinets, smart night lights and bottles that track feedings and even apps to duplicate the sound of a parent saying, “Shush.” Research and Market report foretells the interactive baby monitor market alone will reach more than 2.5 billion dollars by 2024.
But with the revolution in “smart” options for babies and younger children, parents must make choices about how much technology to use as they seek to raise them in an increasingly connected world.
Julie Lythcott-Haims who is an author of the bestselling book “How to Raise an Adult.” says that “Even an infant or a toddler requires a little privacy,”
From smart diapers to social media, parents of today are grappling with an ever-prevailing crop of privacy concerns triggered by widespread connectivity of gadgets. Posting photos, tracing their development in an app. Even searching for information on their health situations can help technology to develop digital profiles that could follow those babies for the rest of their lives.
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In many cases, it’s still not clear how data for children’s connected gadgets are used and how secure it is. Take baby screens and security cameras. There are dozens of examples of child monitors being hacked, including an incident happened in which a Nest Cam installed in a child’s room started playing pornography.
The risk with many ordinary objects growing “smart” is that it makes them dependent on software updates and bugs, or a product loses its connectivity if a company goes out of business. Nike’s 350 dollar self-lacing shoes instantly stopped lacing earlier this year because of a software update.