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Sproutling wants to be baby's first health tracker: CNET Update
CNET Update: Sproutling wants to be baby's first health tracker2:52 /
Wearable tech is crawling into the newborn market. Sproutling is an ankle bracelet for babies to give parents peace of mind. But if parents want to sleep like a baby, maybe they'll want the Sense sleep tracker for themselves.
Your little tykes can now get their own fit bits. I'm Bridget Carey. And this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] With the growing trend of health-tracking wristbands, it was only a matter of time before the world gave us wearables for newborns. The Sproutling wants to be baby's first body monitor. It's designed to give parents peace of mind when their baby is asleep. You wrap it around the baby's ankle and it measures heart rate, skin temperature, motion, and position. And it sends alerts to the parents' smart phone if something's wrong. Like if the heart rate drops or if the baby needs to be rolled over. The app also alerts if the baby's kicking and fussy. To recharge, you place it in a wireless charging dish, but that dish also measures room conditions. Like temperature, humidity, and the sound and light levels. Those that pre-order it now can get it for $250 and it will go up to $300 after it comes out next year in March. It's in the same price range as wireless video monitors, but there's no video here just health alerts, and this isn't the first sensor for babies. There's also the Mimo. It's a monitor that attaches to a machine-washable onesie. It doesn't track heart rate, but it does measure skin temperature, breathing, body position and movement. Through the app, a parent can also listen to audio from the room. The starter kit with three onesies is $200. And that's sold now at Baby's R Us. Another one still in production is called the Owlet. Which is worn like a booty on the foot to measure vitals and when the baby rolls over. That'll be priced at $250. If you wanna track your own sleep, but you rather not wear something around your wrist, there's a new type of gadget that you can put on your nightstand. It's the Sense by a start up company called Hello. It's raising money now on kickstarter and it won't be out until November. But for $100, this orb tracks things that could get in the way of your sleep. It'll measure the ambient light, the temperature, humidity, sound and dust and pollen levels. You put a sensor on your pillowcase to track how much you're tossing and turning, so when you wake up the app puts the data together to tell that maybe when you tossed, it was because there was noise detected; maybe from your snoring partner. It also has a smart alarm that you turn off with a wave of the hand. It can tell when you may be waking up naturally so instead of going off when you're in a deep sleep, which leaves you groggy, the alarm may sound a few minutes earlier. Now, although not everyone needs a sleep tracker it is one way to help put you on the path to sleeping like a baby. That's your Tech News Update and you can catch more episodes at CNet.com. And if you're not feeling too sleepy maybe you can take the time to subscribe to our podcast. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]