I don’t have children of my own and so I am not quite sure why is it important to monitor a newborn’s breathing. However, I think the Nanit Breathing Wear sounds interesting enough to warrant a mention here. The product name is actually quite self-explanatory, but if you really must know, it is basically lets parents monitor their baby’s breathing. What’s interesting about is, it uses no sensors and hence, there are no electronic devices in contact with the baby’s skin.
Nanit Breathing Wear uses computer vision technology made possible by Nanit’s HD camera, affixed over head of the baby’s crib, and a Nanit Swaddle or Breathing Band with specific shapes, colors and ink on the them that were “scientifically engineered” to be read by the camera. Nanit did not go in depth on the process, but I am going out on limb to say that the “computer vision” picks up the tiny movement of the patterns caused by the heaving when breathing, and the algorithm does the rest to interpret the data.
Anywho, the story is, Nanit Breathing monitors your newborn’s breathing and if, god forbids, no breathing motion is detected, Nanit will push real time alerts to you. As noted above, Nanit Breathing Wear includes a Nanit Swaddle and a proprietary Breathing Band – both which are made of 100 percent cotton. Both items are available in a choice of colors, including pebble grey, marshmallow white, and mint green, and a range of sizes from newborn to 24 months.
Breathing Wear itself is affordable enough, starting at $25, but that’s just for the special patterned thingy. The complete monitoring system, i.e. Nanit Complete Monitoring System, isn’t. That thing there will set you back at $379 or more. For that amount, you will get the Nanit Plus camera, a small Nanit Swaddle and Breathing Band, a mounting system of your choice, travel stand and a year subscription to Nanit Insights service that offers in-depth sleep tracking and analysis.
Nanit Breathing Wear is expected to be available starting March 2019. In meantime, you can find Nanit showing off its products, including Breathing Wear, over at CES 2019. The company will be demonstrating Breathing Wear and the Nanit Plus sleep system at the Baby Tech Summit in Sands Expo, Halls A-D, Booth #44158 from January 08-11, 2019.
All images courtesy of Nanit.