The world’s first female plug and play baby monitor
A US-based startup has launched a baby monitor that plugs into a woman’s computer and lets her monitor her child’s activity and even monitor her own breathing.
The BabyMed device is powered by an embedded webcam, a microphone and a heart rate sensor.
The company says it has raised $12 million (£8.2 million) in venture funding.
It has been tested in the United States, Germany and Brazil, with further tests planned for India and South Africa.
The first BabyMed prototype was launched in January and the company says that it is working on new devices that can be connected to other devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to monitor both child and adult activity.
The device, which is currently priced at $1,799 (£1,600) (£1:1,900), connects to a woman and has a built-in microphone and heart rate monitor.
It can monitor breathing, blood pressure and temperature.
It also includes a sleep monitor and a digital clock.
BabyMed says that its device works by sending out a sensor signal, which can be interpreted by a computer to record the time the baby is sleeping and wake up.
The baby monitors can then send that information to the mother via a USB cable, which then sends it to the device itself, which sends the data back to the computer via USB.
This can be viewed by the mother, but also by her husband, who can then monitor the activity of their child using the computer’s webcam.
In some cases, the mother can even remotely monitor the baby through a webcam.
Baby Med says that the device is currently being tested in Brazil and South Korea.
“We believe this device has the potential to revolutionise the way parents and caregivers manage and monitor their newborns and to provide a unique and personalised interface for monitoring children and parents,” said the company’s founder and chief executive, Ashley Ritter.
“Our technology is designed to give parents, caregivers and children a truly personalized, accessible and interactive interface for communication and monitoring.
It will change the way we live, work and interact with children.”
The company has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for its product.
“I think this is an important step for women and for women in general,” said Ritter, who also founded the company with her husband in 2014.
“There are so many things that we’re doing in terms of raising money for this product, but the biggest thing we’re really excited about is getting this to the people who will use it and use it.”
A BabyMed spokesperson told the BBC that it was able to raise $12,500 (£7,800) in seed funding from investors including Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
It is now working on developing new devices, and will be working with other manufacturers to expand its product line.