I have the perfect gift suggestion for every parent of a newborn starting next year. This is also a blessing for your own grandchildren. A startup called Sproutling will be selling a baby monitor that offers sensor data never before available this way.
The device tracks heart rate, ambient light level, and the temperature of the room and of the baby. It also alerts parents if their child stops breathing
Parents can access all the information on their phone. A companion app sends alerts if there are changes they should be aware of. All very civilized.
Apparently, a lot of venture capitalists are investing in the company because they believe this is just the beginning of a whole new trend in baby wearables. Sproutling raised $2.6 million in funding from First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures, FirstMark Capital, Accelerator Ventures, Lemnos Labs, BoxGroup (David Tisch), Shawn Fanning.
If you are in the money business, you know that these are big names in VC.
The Sproutling is a kidney-shaped Bluetooth device that slips onto a baby’s ankle. It also has a base station and camera. Another feature that new parents will love is that the device will track sleep patterns. This will help determine optimum conditions for each baby.
By the way, the device and camera were designed by the same folks who created the famous Rolls Royce of strollers, the Bugaboo.