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Baby jumpsuit integrates sensors for biometrics

06 Mar 2014  | Rob Matheson

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Rapid prototyping and refining

With Mimo, Rest Devices is positioned as an early innovator, along with a few other companies, in a fledgling landscape of smart baby monitors—what Madden has called "Nursery 2.0."

But setting Rest Devices apart in the wearable-technology landscape are its sensors and algorithms, constantly tweaked over the past few years, which can detect with greater accuracy changes in respiration and movement, Darling says.

For instance, the algorithms powering the sensors embedded in the "vine" can catch minute chest expansions when a child inhales and exhales, pauses in breathing, or falls asleep, while taking into account changes over time.

A year of refining led to a sleeker design, with more robust and reliable sensors, along with sophisticated algorithms for monitoring breathing. Increasingly, however, during the company's market research in early 2012, parents began asking for the technology for their babies.

"Almost every parent we talked to had the same motion of checking on their child, by going in and putting a hand on their chest or under their nose to see if they were breathing," Darling explains. "We saw that there was an unmet need."

They also saw that their technology, which was integrated into comfortable clothing, would work for new parents.

The company has been focused solely on the "baby space" since, with plans to develop more technology to fill out its "Nursery 2.0" product line.

Despite its medical-device roots, the Mimo is not designed to prevent, diagnose or gather data on childhood ailments and conditions such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Darling cautions. That said, he adds, there is possibility for that down the road: "We know SIDS, for instance, is a big worry for parents... In the future a medical device is something we're interested in, but not quite yet."


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