28.05.2014

Children’s Health is the next Frontier for Wearables

Children’s Health is the next Frontier for Wearables

Image | Fatherly

It’s been one of the clearest market trends of the last months. More and more manufacturers (and as a result, more and more users) are showing interest in those intelligent bracelets and watches. These represent the first signs of success shown by the discipline of wearable computing.

We’ve already seen how devices which monitor our physical activity levels, as much as the famous Smart watches, have been trying to break into the market for a certain amount of time. The CES in Las Vegas this year was a demonstration of this and, although some believe that this type of tools might cannibalise the Smartphone segment, the fact that the two go hand in hand comes as no surprise.

Possibilities seem great. In fact, the first batch of devices, mainly orientated towards adults, is now beginning to coexist with a new range of solutions for children. The first to be developed, bracelets which allow us to locate our little ones, have now been succeeded by a handful of solutions with a more ambitious goal: monitoring health.

Children’s Health is the next Frontier for Wearables

Image | Mimo

Such is the case of the Mimo Baby Monitor, a set of baby bodysuits which contain integrated sensors that monitor children’s breathing, temperature or body position. All this information is then sent on via Smartphone. Something similar is offered by the singular “intelligent socks”, created by start-up Owlet Baby Care Inc, which measures a baby’s oxygen saturation levels and its heart rate.

Well known brands like Nivea also offer similar solutions – their Tracking Bracelet is a good example of a gadget which warns you if your children stray far from your localisation – and, little by little, we’re seeing the arrival of more and more projects related to this field in collective financing services such as Kickstarter. Tinitell is one of the latest, and also uses a bracelet form with a built-in GPS chip to again allow you to localise your children. In addition, this wristwear even offers you the possibility of answering phone calls.

This type of solution seems to have strong benefits, but the possible effects of having batteries and wireless technologies constantly accompanying little ones is a definite preoccupation for some. There’s almost no regulation with respect to this. Brands assure that babies’ safety is of the upmost importance and that all they do is try to add “an additional layer of security” for parents.

Without the proper regulation, are parents who must evaluate the safety of these devices and decide whether or not they’re worth potential risks. What’s certain is that looking after our offspring is getting easier and easier, although the counter-criticism that could be made by certain sectors of the population is obvious: are we becoming too overprotective?

The mHealth competence centre forms part of Mobile World Capital Barcelona’s Programme of International Competence Centers (PCCI). mHealth works with a three-fold objective: to identify mobile technology opportunities in the provision of health services, to transform current healthcare models and processes, and promote the interoperability of health services in the field of mobile technologies and connectivity, building foundations that make it possible to integrate mobile health solutions.

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