In today’s brave new world of tech-infused baby gear, the latest device that’s making waves (literally!) is a nifty new monitor that can track baby’s breathing from up to 16 feet away. Meet the Raybaby:
A number of new high-tech monitors have hit the market lately, but what makes the Raybaby unique is that it uses ultrawideband radar technology to track even the slightest movement. Most other options are wearables—meaning the monitor must be attached to a baby’s clothes or skin. (Or in the case of the DockATot CloudTot, the bed itself monitors movement, breathing, nursery temperature and bed wetness.)
Not so for the Raybaby, which looks and acts like a conventional baby monitor. Like many of today’s monitors, it has a camera that transmits information to an app on the parent’s phone. Although it doesn’t provide continuous livestreaming video, mom and dad can still check their phone for up-to-the-moment stats on baby’s breathing and movement (which it can detect within one millimeter) as well as a photo collage of key moments, such as when baby wakes or stands up.
The monitor also acts as a sleep tracker, providing parents with alerts when their little one wakes up or rolls over, as well as handy charts and graphs that track baby’s sleep patterns. And because its technology is similar to ultrasound, it can also detect when baby is running a fever.
Ray, the company behind the Raybaby, launched a Kickstarter to help raise its first round of funding. (It’s currently less than $5,000 away from meeting its $50,000 goal.) The company aims to begin shipping the monitor by September of this year, and people who donate $99 to the campaign will automatically receive the monitor, in red. (Those who kick in $129 or more can choose from among four colors.)
That’s another unique feature of the Raybaby: While most monitors tend to look like they belong on the Starship Enterprise, the Raybaby’s sleek aesthetic and wooden base is more in keeping with today’s oft-rustic nursery designs.
Ray CEO Ranjana Nair told Engadget that the monitor’s components are clinically tested and FDA approved, and the results are so good that they're comparable to the sleep-study equipment used in hospitals. (He said the device is accurate 98.3 percent of the time.) He added that Johnson & Johnson Innovations, one of the company’s investors, has used it in several sleep-study trials.
Whether the technology will be a game-changer for parents is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure: The future is bright for high-tech baby gear.