An inflatable incubator can save premature babies in areas without full medical facilities.
This accordion-like instrument is called a concertina, and each end of its case contains electronics, including a ceramic heater, fans, a humidifier, and a computer, Fast Company reports. The collapsible middle section extends out and can be inflated into a bed.
Some places “aren’t great places to be born, but new cheap and easy-to-transport neonatal tech might make it a little safer,” the article concludes.
The design is an entry in this year’s Dyson Awards.
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.
Is this the first brand specifically for pregnant and nursing women?
The founder of Healthy Mama says she was surprised there wasn’t already such a resource, so she went and started one.
The company’s mission is to “provide products you and your doctor can trust,” she says. The FDA-approved remedies, safe and eco-friendly vitamins and pain-relievers, “provide pregnant and nursing women with the safest solutions to common ailments, because all women deserve to feel healthy and happy during pregnancy and nursing.”
Also, the founder delivered her daughter prematurely “and spent five months in the hospital watching her fight for her life” and says she now wants to “help other women avoid this plight, and will partner with organizations that have the same mission of helping moms deliver full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”
Maybe you don’t have to drive to the emergency room –— or even schedule the visit with a pediatrician. A new service will bring the doctor to your house, any time.
Well, it’s not actually a house call: MDLIve will put the doctor onscreen for a two-way video call.
The service is for non-emergency medical issues, when your primary care physician is not available, and charges $49 for a doctor visit. It says it has “the largest telehealth network in the U.S.” and can even prescribe medications which are “sent instantly to your pharmacy of choice.”
And hey, want to talk it out? That’ll be $79 for a one-hour therapy session. They’re on-call as well.
It’s not yet available, but this could be a tool to watch for when it ships this Summer: Blue Maestro says its Pacifi is the world’s first smart pacifier that monitors a baby’s temperature and transmits the data to an app on a parent’s smartphone.
The app even time-stamps and plots the temperature data in a graph. You can also record when medications are administered, set up alerts and reminders, and share the data with care-givers and medical professionals.
Pacifi also features a built-in proximity sensor so you can monitor its location — and so be alerted when your child wanders off. In the app, just set the distance for the alarm to trigger.
The Pacifi transmits temperature data via the new “Low Energy” Bluetooth, so there’s no need to worry about radio frequencies close to your child’s head.
It’s not quite a home sonogram, but the BabyWatch Health Tracker lets expecting moms hear their babies’ heartbeat — and see a visualization of the sound on their smartphone.
On the social side, the app also promotes easily sharing those sounds with friends and family. It’s in development now. There’s more information here.