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Babyguard Wearable Device: Quantified Self for Babies

Marcia Hansen Writer

Chinese entrepreneurs intersect the quantified self movement with wearables to create smart healthcare for babies and parents.

The quantified self movement has taken activity tracking to another level. Combine activity tracking with 16 million expectant mothers each year in China, along with China’s one-child policy, and there will likely be huge market demand for the new wearable prototype from Team BabyGuard, a top 10 finalist in the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge.

BabyGuard provides smart healthcare for babies and parents. A core sensor worn by the pregnant mother, or after birth by the baby, collects electrophysiological data that can be monitored via a smartphone app, providing parents with instant information to better care for both baby and mother.

Team BabyGuard will use Intel Edison technology in their prototype to transmit and process data such as EEG, FECG and EMG signals.

Shuai Ye, chief development officer of Team BabyGuard, says, “Technology that can empower people should be available to everyone … [and that’s how] wearable technology can truly transform the world.” The BabyGuard device and app could truly transform healthcare for both babies and mothers, providing data in real time to improve quality of care.

Whitney Hischier, faculty at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and advisor to Team BabyGuard, believes she would have had much lower cortisol levels during her pregnancy if she had been able to wear BabyGuard while she was pregnant.

“Babyguard sooths an anxiety of many expecting mothers — we only know how the baby is doing when we visit the doctor but what about the other 99% of the time?” she said.

BabyGuard provides a giant leap forward in modern healthcare with timely and valuable data to empower parents, which could in turn could lead to healthier babies around the world.

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