That's right, smart diapers are here, and some of the most prominent players in the diaper game are looking to dominate the market. This past year both Huggies and Pampers unveiled versions of smart, bluetooth enabled diaper lines. The diaper system use temperature, humidity, and air quality sensors and send push notifications to the child's caretakers when the baby needs to be changed.
Though it is about more than just diapers, Pampers has partnered with Verily and Logitech to create the Lumi brand - "the world's first all-in-one connected care system that's revolutionizing baby monitoring by helping parents monitor and track their baby 24/7."
According to a recent Thomas Net article, the Lumi system "integrates a video monitor with night vision that can track your nursery's temperature and humidity, as well as diapers equipped with activity sensors. The sensors are intended to allow parents to gain insight into how their babies are sleeping but also, alerting them when they go to the bathroom." This will allow parents and possibly even health care providers a way to log events and behavior and assess patterns for anything out of the ordinary.
Whether or not smart diapers catch on is to be determined. However, it is probably safe to assume that the internet-of-things will, in the near future, play a more advanced role in child care.
This technology will need to be safe and reliable. It will also need to function in a variety of environmental conditions. There will need to be high standards for quality control, and that is where Associated Environmental Systems can offer value to this market.
We have worked with some of the world's most innovative companies, and we have helped them to design environmentally controlled testing systems for a wide range of unique applications - we even have experience with diapers (though not the smart kind). So, if you're in the process of developing the next all-in-one connected child care system, give us a call - we may be able to help!