The temporarily named BioPad is a product being developed by an Israeli company of the same name. To be stuck onto a pregnant woman’s abdomen, the device records fetal activity and saves the data for future download for physician’s analysis. The company plans to make this an over-the-counter product.
From the product page:
The device is intended to augment a clinician’s care of the expectant mother by providing a reliable means of monitoring fetal activity at home. The device provides the expectant mother with peace of mind by indicating that (a) the baby’s activity is within normal range, or (b) fetal movement has declined and that she should see her clinician. The expectant mother will use the disposable pads (up to three times a day) for a period of 20 minutes each time, starting in the relevant week of pregnancy. The straightforward user interface was developed based on usability studies conducted in the US and Israel. The mother receives a real time indication regarding her fetus’s movements. The device stores the fetal movement history allowing the mother to browse and watch the movement trend. Her physician can download the collected data to a desktop directly from the device via USB port or, the mother can send the data via Email. The product is passive and emits no radiation making it safe for home-use.