A team of innovative students at Brigham Young University, are working on developing a new kind of home baby monitor that could eventually offer parents a formidable weapon in the battle against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) — using an app and iPhone.
This high-tech "smart-sock" which wraps around an infant’s foot uses a built-in pulse oximetry that can wirelessly monitor a sleeping baby’s heart rate and blood-oxygen levels — allowing parents to sleep easier knowing that their little one is breathing normally.
Should an infant display any changes in heart rate or suddenly stop breathing — the baby monitor emits a signal that alert parents by sounding an alarm on their iPhone.
Jacob Colvin, along with his five colleagues working on this non-invasive monitoring device hope their work will someday reduce the number of SIDS-related deaths.
“Our hope is that we can give parents time to react and see that something’s wrong before it’s too late,” said Colvin, a father of two himself.
While the team are steeped in the process of finalizing patent applications, there is still much work to be done — refining prototypes and completing more testing with their Owlet Baby Monitor.
Colvin envisions the device selling for around $75 to $150, similarly priced to a high-end baby monitors current on the market.
“If we can hear just one mother say that we made a difference, it would all be worth it,” Jacob Colvin told BYU News. “That makes all the difference in the world.”
In addition to Colvin, the Owlet team includes mechanical engineering students Wyatt Felt and Jason Dearden — chemical engineering students Kurt Workman and Anna Hawes along with Tanor Hodges, a Health Care Assistant serving at the University of Utah.
"The overwhelming response we got from moms was, 'Yes, we would love something like this,' " Workman said.
via BYU News