Wearable technology is something that we are becoming more familiar with in our everyday lives. Wearable technology has become very popular in the athletic realm with products like the Fitbit and smart clothing that tracks heart rate, for instance. Recently, however, wearable technology has been making its debut helping parents care for their children—babies in particular. The article that I read was specifically focusing on a “smart pacifier,” although there are already other forms of smart wearables for babies, like diapers and monitors. The smart pacifier is called “Pacif-i” and was created by the company Blue Maestro, who specialize in developing “health and environment monitoring solutions” by using small “Bluetooth Smart sensors and data loggers” (Blue Maestro).
Pacif-i is essentially a pacifier that works with an app that can be used on iOS and Android devices. Pacif-i tracks the baby’s temperature and the parent can easily see that on the app. This is an easier alternative than traditional ways of monitoring a baby’s temperature, which may cause them discomfort or can be more difficult for the parent to get accurate results. The article says that the app will still be able to connect with the pacifier within 30 feet, so the child can be in the other room sleeping, playing, etc and the information will still be able to be accessed.
Pacif-i does more than just monitor temperatures. “Parents can even record what medications they are giving their children… along with the effect on their child’s temperature, which they can refer back to when consulting the child’s pediatrician.” This application seems like a very beneficial way for pediatricians to gain insight on patients, when they cannot always be monitoring them. I think Pacif-i is not only a great device for parents to use, but also for pediatricians and doctors in hospitals and offices. Pacif-i also has a tracking device for parents to use when the child becomes more mobile. The design of Pacif-i is minimal and sleek. If I had not read this article and seen pictures of Pacif-i, I would have thought it was just an average pacifier.
This article was very straightforward and to the point, I felt like I had a decent understanding of the product after reading it. They could have included more information on the company Blue Maestro, I had to do additional research on their website to understand what kind of company they were, really. I also think they could have included a video of the application in action. I want to know more about how to navigate the app.
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