Smart Baby Monitor for your little one

New parents tend to constantly worry about the well being of their child, even more if its their firstborn. In absence of anyone with an experience with newborns and infants, it is very difficult for the parents to understand the small things that may affect their child’s health. Thanks to the Owlet Smart Sock. The Smart Sock is worn by your baby as he/she sleeps. It collects heart rate, oxygen, temperature and sleep data and parents can now monitor it on their smart phones. Not only will it monitor day-to-day health of your child, but it can help spot Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs).

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The smart sock, created by Jacob Colvin after his own child became sick, uses four tiny sensors to monitor heart rate and oxygen level and the app will also send data anonymously back to the company, and they in turn plan to assemble a database to help spot problems and warn parents about them as early as possible.

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The company aims to be the only wireless baby monitor that will come home with almost every child at birth. Because it is engineered to be light, easily washable, and comfortable, the bootie will allow parents to ensure their kids are still breathing and, more importantly, offer important insight to researchers on the first few months of life.

The monitor is shipping this summer for $250 and comes in blue and pink. They are currently accepting pre-orders for the second batch.

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Inflatable car seat making travel safer for kids

The safety of their child is always the top priority of every parent. Specially during travel when the sensitive and still developing body of a child is more vulnerable to any impact. To avoid any such mishap, parents use the child car seats, even if they are heavy, cumbersome and difficult to position inside the car properly. It is a  painful but necessary process, that every parent has to go through everyday.

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Volvo is set to solve this problem with its new  inflatable car seat that can fit into a small bag. Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept seat: “For me child safety is always the number one priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge; any assistance to simplify the parents’ life with young children is a great thing.”

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These seats can be carried around in a bag and brought to use with just a click of a button through a built-in pump that can inflate or deflate it in mere 40 seconds. The seat is made from drop stitch fabric which gives it the strength to handle high internal pressure when inflated. This is the fabric that is used in inflatable rafts and was originally developed by the military in an effort to develop inflatable airplanes. The seat is designed to be rear-facing, i.e it faces the rear of the car, as it is the safest way for children to travel. 

It is said to be light, but you will have to lug around the 5 kg bag along with the baby’s necessities. Check out their video on YouTube here.

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A portable water purifier for drinking sea water!

We have always studied since school days that 70% of the earth is covered with water but most of it is not drinkable due to sea’s salinity and minerals. Its been man’s desire to always be able to harness this seemingly limitless source of water for drinking purposes. We have made significant progress with that but never had a portable device ever.

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This is one product that would have really come handy to Robinson Crusoe or Tom Hanks in the Adventure Drama named Cast Away or the most recent Thriller ‘Life of Pi’. Being able to drink sea-water is like a dream come true for every sea traveler and mariner. There are some large devices which have been developed for this purpose and converts sea water into drinkable state. But none of them are portable and not fit for storing in your bag. Designers Younsun Kim, Kangkyung Lee, Byungsoo Kim and Minji Kim have developed a product which solves all these purposes. Its named the Puri – Sea Water Desalination Bottle.

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The Puri works on the concept of Reverse Osmosis and has been put in a very compressed and compact form inside the bottle. This regular sized bottle draws the saline out of the water and into the bottle’s yellow filter. The remaining water is then safe to drink, which could mean the difference between life and death in a sudden marine emergency. See the process flow of the bottle below.
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Check out their video on YouTube here