From internet-surfing to photo-taking glasses to fitness tracking bracelets, wearable technology is all about making our lives easier by changing how we can utilize technology for different purposes like taking care of our bodies or easily accessing information on the go. Now with the latest development in wearable technology, a whole new aspect of life may be getting a bit easier – parenting.

 

Sproutling is transforming how we approach parenting as the first ever wearable baby monitor that can go straight on a baby’s ankle and relay a range of information back to parents using a sensor on the monitor to communicate wirelessly with a base station in the room, which then sends the information to parents’ smartphones.

 

Like a traditional baby monitor, Sproutling can notify parents if their baby has woken up, but it goes far beyond this single function. For starters, the device can actually predict when a baby will wake up based on its ability to learn babies’ sleep patterns and optimal sleeping conditions. It can also monitor things like heart rate, movement, and body temperature to help parents remain aware of whether something is out of the ordinary or if there is something wrong while their baby is asleep. Sproutling even has the ability to actually predict what mood a baby will be in when he or she wakes up, letting a parent know if their little one will be cranky and fussy or calm. Finally, as a device that utilizes machine-learning technology, Sproutling is a baby monitor that can customize its functions in such a way that makes it ideal for providing personalized information to parents that is specific to their baby.

 

A product like this, as revolutionary as it is, is bound to come with a great deal of questions. Some parents have already expressed skepticism about the safety of the product, however these concerns have been addressed by the founders of Sproutling who guarantee that the sensor’s hypoallergenic band is completely safe and breathable, and the shape of the sensor has been designed to avoid the issue of it being a potential choking hazard.

 

Yet even with these reassurances regarding more practical concerns, Sproutling still raises quite a few theoretical questions about what a product like this will mean for modern day parenting. Sproutling co-founder Chris Bruce claims that one of the key concerns in developing the product was to “give control back to parents” and help ease some of the anxieties that can come with the unknowns of caring for a child. But is it possible that by so heavily incorporating technology into parenting, a device like this might actually be doing the exact opposite of what it intended? It seems there is a fine line here between “giving control back to parents” and actually taking that control away and instead giving it to technology.

 

There is no doubt that a product like Sproutling could positively transform parenting by using the technological advancements we have made in society to take the guesswork out of caring for a baby and making childcare easier, and potentially safer, as a result. But there is something uniquely special about parents’ ability to learn about their baby and his or her tendencies over time for themselves, and by putting a machine in the mix to do that learning instead, there may be an important connection lost as a result. This poses a potential to transform the parent-child bond in the process of transforming the act and ease of parenting, which is an important consideration to take into account.

 

Nevertheless, it’s hard to deny that Sproutling is certainly an innovative way to apply technology to parenting, and can prove valuable to making it all a little bit easier, and a lot less worrisome. And, of course, any parent knows that a little extra help can never hurt.

 

For more information on Sproutling visit www.sproutling.com

 

How do you feel about Sproutling? Do you think a product like this is good or bad for parenting? Share your thoughts below or tweet me @tamarahoumi