Exmovere out of McLean, Virginia claims to have developed baby clothing that can monitor heart rate, “emotional state”, and level of activity, and relay that information wirelessly to a computer or cell phone. Paranoid parents will be able to keep a virtual eye on their kids 24/7, and maybe worries about SIDS and infant sleep apnea can be diminished. An initial production of 1,000 units will be made available in 2011 to select customers.
Company CEO David Bychkov announced that “Each Exmobaby onesie will come with a baby-safe, rechargeable Zigbee wireless transceiver that snaps into a pouch. From there, the data is transmitted to a nearby PC or cell phone in order to keep parents and other caregivers informed of a baby’s status. This continuous monitoring in real time will allow for an ’emotional umbilical cord’ between mother and child.”
Exmobaby parents will be able to see icons representing their baby’s heartbeat, emotional state and activity level on their cell phones. This is especially important for first-time mothers re-entering the work force, parents concerned about the vigilance of their babysitter, and childcare centers juggling the needs of multiple children.
Exmobaby will also become one of the first mainstream consumer products utilizing the Zigbee wireless standard. Zigbee is a standard using a WHAN (wireless home area network) and is targeted at radio frequency applications requiring lower data rate, longer battery life and network security. This is particularly well-suited for Exmobaby moms as it is cost-effective, reliable and compatible with a wide range of USB and mini SD-slot dongle devices, such as cell phones.
In early 2011, Exmovere will begin its limited edition marketing campaign where it will release only 1,000 Exmobaby pajama kits, available in blue or pink, to select buyers from a waiting list. Included with these kits will be an Exmobaby garment set, one Zigbee transceiver, PC and cell phone monitoring software and six months of online service.