Smart Diapers seems like an idea that just has to happen. The Smart Diapers Indiegogo crowdfunding project aims to deliver infant diapers that can monitor a babies health.
The diapers have built in urine analysis squares which measure various health factors including hydration, kidney issues and UTI indicators.
The diapers also have a QR code printed on them which can be scanned with a smart phone app which will interpret the colored analysis squares. Android and iOS apps will be available.
This makes a lot of sense. When you're a new parent, especially a first time parent, it's hard to know whether your baby is okay and to know when there could be a problem versus them just being tired.
I would have used a product like this, at the right price, if it had been available when my kids were babies. Partly because of the peace of mind and partly because I love data!
Bringing quantified self technology to infants is an excellent idea and could avoid a lot of stress and discomfort by identifying issues early.
The diapers will of course be more expensive that regular diapers initially though I would expect the price to drop significantly if they become mainstream. If you just want to try the idea out you can pledge $25 for 5 smart diapers. The price per diaper drops as you choose larger quantities.
The diapers have a very stylish design as well as performing a useful function (in addition to the obvious one!)
This product shouldn't be confused with the Huggies Smart Diaper concept which would alert parents via Wifi on a mobile app when a baby needs a diaper change.
Infants are excellent candidates for health monitoring technology as they can't communicate problems very clearly - or perhaps it's that new parents can't effectively interpret what they do communicate.
Smart Diapers just seem like one of those ideas that are inevitable.
Pledge: Smart Diapers on Indiegogo