As a parent, wouldn’t you like to know if your baby’s body temperature changes significantly or if the humidity in the slumber room goes up?
Sproutling, a San Francisco based startup, is developing a new baby monitor that not only helps parents keep track of their babies’ vitals but also uses the data it collects to help them make smart decisions. According to the company, Sproutling aims to “grow your parent IQ through tools that seamlessly fit your life, and provide real time, trustworthy insights about your child”. Sproutling’s product includes a small, kidney-shaped Bluetooth-enabled device that slips onto a baby’s ankle, a base station and a small camera that can detect the heart and breathing rates of the baby as well as the temperature and humidity in the room. All the data is gathered, crunched and presented through a smartphone app. The app will also be able to turn the analytics into predictions, like forecasting when your child will wake up from a nap. The app can even send text or email alerts when your baby actually does wake up. The wearable device and the camera were designed by the same team that developed the famous Bugaboo baby strollers. Though the company’s initial offering is targeted towards infants, in the future Sproutling aims to develop solutions for older children (location tracker perhaps?).
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Gaurav Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. is a Senior R&D engineer at a Bay Area based medical device company. Gaurav has a strong passion for medical device innovation and is interested in disruptive medical technologies that not only solve an unmet clinical need, but also bring down the cost of healthcare. Gaurav closely follows medical device trends in emerging markets and is fascinated by simple and inexpensive solutions to major healthcare problems.
Gaurav earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he developed state of the art computational models of beating heart valves that can be used to design and test heart valve prosthetics. Gaurav was a Medtronic BioX Fellow at Stanford University.