Ever wanted to receive an iPhone push notification telling you that your kid has just pooped themselves? Probably not, but that’s not stopped Korean startup Monit from using CES 2019 to debut its new smart diaper monitor.
Aiming to replace the “sniff test” for good, this (reusable) wearable sensor attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. Once there, it promises to accurately detect the presence of urine or poop in the diaper, and send an alert to parents or caregivers. Ah, technology: you’ve done it again!
The aim of the smart diaper is to reduce diaper rash and other conditions by alerting you to the need to change a diaper more rapidly. It also lets you track your baby’s toileting habits over time, which can be useful for making sure that they are eating and drinking enough. In addition, it reportedly checks air quality, which could be used for alerting you of any anomalies.
“Monit’s smart baby monitor is comprised of a diaper monitor, air quality measurement hub, and exclusive mobile app and is capable of monitoring the state of a baby’s diaper, the humidity and temperature of the baby’s surroundings, and VOC gas. It can ascertain the baby’s condition as well as the characteristics of his/her surroundings using a non-confining method that does not require contact with the baby’s skin, thus helping prevent various diaper-related problems and issues that arise due to environmental conditions that are not conducive to the baby’s health. The monitor also reduces the stress levels of the parents, because it partially frees them from having to constantly worry about their baby. The exclusive app for the monitor can be installed and operated on up to five devices simultaneously, making childcare more of a team effort.”
Despite CES generally being a place for technology which isn’t out yet, Monit’s smart diaper monitor actually launched in Korea and Japan last year. However, it’s now coming to the U.S., courtesy of a deal with personal care company Kimberly Clark. Expect it in April 2019.
Hopefully at CES 2020 someone will have invented a robot that’s capable of changing baby diapers, too. Now that would be really useful baby tech!