SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Young parents in South Korea are always talking about what gear they use to raise a child, as various cutting-edge devices that tell the parents when the baby wakes up, when a diaper needs to be changed, and even why babies are crying, are pouring out into the market.
South Korean companies, both large and small, are jumping into the so-called ‘baby tech’ market.
Last year, Google submitted a patent for ‘smart baby monitors’ to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The monitor uses a camera to follow the baby’s movements, the eyes, and check the baby’s breath through a microphone.
The artificial intelligence (AI) device inside the monitor then figures out if the baby is fast asleep or wide awake. It even notifies the parents 10 minutes before the baby is expected to wake up.
Among various baby monitor products available in the market, monitors made by U.S. startup Nanit are currently most popular.
The monitor observes the baby’s each and every breath and movement in its cradle or crib, and creates a sleep quality report based on when and how long the baby was asleep.
Another baby tech that helps the parents to change diapers as soon as the need arises has also been introduced to prevent skin rashes and urinary tract infections.
Smart Diaper Alarms made by South Korean startup Monit are shaped like patches that can be attached to any kind of diaper.
Monit’s Diaper Alarms can even identify which kind of ‘discharge’ the baby has done, an important function to tell if the baby is suffering from dehydration due to frequent diarrhea.
Others are developing new AI technology to analyze baby cries.
Crying Bebe, a smartphone app developed by South Korean startup IFI, analyzes the cries of babies less than 100 days old and tells the parents what the baby is currently feeling. The app is already being used by more than 800,000 people.
Various products are being introduced for mothers as well.
Owlet Baby Care, a U.S. health tech startup, introduced a smart maternity belt that monitors the fetus’s heartbeat and counts the number of belly kicks.
Ashley Song (firstname.lastname@example.org)