3D “printing” is a new manufacturing technique that sprays out solid material like an inkjet printer, building it up layer by layer into a larger object.
The first 3D printed items were simple lumpy toys. But the technology has advanced fast — and now surgeons have used a 3D model of an infant’s heart to prepare for life-saving surgery.
No, they did not *make* a new heart on a 3D printer! Maybe someday…
Instead the doctors at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City worked from MRI scan data to make a 3D model on which they could better see how it was “riddled with holes and structured unusually,” The Independent reports. “Surgery was going to be complicated and dangerous, but this 3D printed heart provided the surgeons the opportunity to study the organ, and develop a detailed surgery strategy.”
The full story is here.
Yes, it’s another online project to develop another wearable device for a baby… but this one specifically takes advantage of — get this — dirty diapers.
How? Well, as the developer Pixie Scientific says, “Kidneys filter specific solutes from blood into urine. By taking useful data on these solutes, as well as by picking up on signs of bacterial activity from a wet Smart Diaper, we make use of something that would normally be thrown directly into the trash. Smart Diapers alert you to certain conditions that require immediate attention and also track your child’s health for months, automatically looking for emerging trends in multiple combinations of parameters.”
Pixie Scientific has put the project up for backing here if you are interested.
With the Advanced Solutions Electronic Nasal Aspirator, a necessary task can be a lot less unpleasant.
“Give your baby quick and gentle relief from congestion,” maker Safety 1st says. The gadget “quietly and efficiently removes excess mucus, and the clear reservoir lets you know it’s working.”
It has a contoured shape that is easy to hold, the maker adds, and its soft silicone tips can be easily sterilized. It comes with some expert advice about nasal congestion from the American academy of Pediatrics.
It’s $24 here.
LeapFrog says its upcoming LeapBand is the first wearable activity tracker designed just for children that “encourages active play and healthy habits while nurturing their very own personalized virtual pet.”
LeapBand “gets kids moving and having fun with 50 different activities and challenges,” the company adds, “tracking a child’s physical moves so the more active a child is, the more points they earn with their virtual pet.” As the child earns points through active play, they can unlock additional games, challenges, levels of play and virtual rewards for their on-screen pet.
The LeapBand has a built-in accelerometer, color screen, rechargeable battery, and a water-resistant design.
It will be available in August for about $40. There’s more information here.
Would you like an easier way to track your baby’s weight? Now you can place your child on the smart scale’s cradle to receive high-accuracy weight measurements, which are then automatically uploaded and charted using the free Baby Companion app.
The app also compares your baby’s progress to other babies of the same age and gender, the developer says, and lets you monitor nutrition by logging bottle intake and breastfeeding.
As your baby grows up, so does the Withings Smart Kid Scale; its cradle detaches and can be used to weigh children up to about 55 pounds.
It’s $150 here.
For kids, tooth-brushing is an unpleasant chore, says San Francisco-based Grush. “Parents are forced to spend a lot of time supervising their child’s brushing to make sure they brush properly.”
The solution to this problem? The video game toothbrush, which “transforms boring tooth-brushing into a fun game. The Grush Brush includes “advanced motion sensing technology that detects precise movements during brushing and then transmits this information wirelessly to a smartphone running an interactive and instructive brushing game for kids.”
Brushing information is also stored in the Grush Cloud for dentists who want to evaluate their patient’s brushing habits between visits. The company says its mission is to “help kids around the world to improve their dental health.”
For now, it’s a crowd-funded campaign idea, on Indiegogo. There’s more information here.
Here are some high-tech pajamas: Mimo has built multiple sensors into a onesie, so that “while your baby is wearing the Kimono, you can check their movements and body position to see just how active or peaceful they are — no matter where you or your baby might be.”
Mimo says its clinically validated sleep algorithms let you know “when your baby falls asleep, when they wake, and how well they are sleeping. You can even track their sleep patterns over time.”
The respiration sensors are non-contact, soft, and comfortable for baby “while also letting you check your baby’s breathing,” the company says, “giving you the peace of mind that all is okay.”
The temperature sensor lets you “know for sure that your little one is the perfect temperature, with just a quick peek at the app.”
It’s $100. There’s more information here.
Don’t dry out the baby
Feb 19, 2014 by Paul W.
Especially in Winter, the heated air in your baby’s room can quickly get too dry, causing discomfort and other potential problems. Instead, you can easily keep it at a healthy level of humidity with the Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier from Safety 1st, and “gently sooth baby with moisture-rich air.”
The humidifier “brings moisture-rich air to the nursery or any room of the house you choose,” the company says. “With variable mist control and 2 fully rotating outlets, it’s easy to adjust the moisture to the level you prefer.” It’s quiet, and it’s water tank lasts for 12 hours.
It’s $30 here.
Sterilize that pacifier
Feb 12, 2014 by Paul W.
“Nobody likes to see their baby sick,” Pipila says, “and a pacifier is a common breeding ground and transporter of harmful germs. Sterilizing your baby’s pacifier is essential in preventing the spread of these germs.”
To help prevent the spread of germs, the Pipila sterilizes your baby’s pacifier in about 3 minutes with simple ultraviolet. It helps eliminate up to 99.9 percent of germs, the company says, and is ideal for parents and babies on the go.
It’s $35 here.
This pacifier from Summer Infant is also a full digital thermometer, letting you take your baby’s temperature in a comfortable, non-invasive way. The pacifier beeps when the reading is complete. It not only displays the temperature, it shows a “Fever Alert” when baby gets too warm, glowing red if the temperature registers at 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This gives you a “quick visual reading, especially when taking a child’s temperature at night.”
It’s $22 here.