New parents can be overprotective and concerned over their little ones well-being. It's hard to know exactly how that baby is feeling because he or she can't explicitly tell you yet, aside from crying or laughing.
But this new Onesie could change all that. Exmobaby, made by Exmovere Holdings based in Virginia, is designed for babies up to a year old and has sensors within the garment that measure ECG, skin temperature and movement. These measurements then are used to evaluate the baby's behavioral and emotional changes.
The company calls Exmobaby "baby's first communication device."
Slashgear reports that Exmobaby recently partnered with AT&T to allow parents to keep tabs on baby using their smartphones and tablets. The Exmobaby system also works with PCs.
The Onesie includes biosensors, a AAA-battery powered Zigbee transmitter pod and a USB Zigbee receiver dongle, according to the company's website. The website goes on to state that the garment is not FDA approved yet, although it is in the evaluation process. Right now, Exmovere is seeking to refine the technology and is selling 1,000 kits that include the prototype, software and customer assistance. The standard kit costs $1,000 -- includes one garment, transmitter and software -- and the deluxe kit costs $2,500 and includes items in the standard kit in addition to a sample of each garment size. The company seems to be targeting pediatric specialists, non-profits and non-governmental agencies with the kits for now.
Naturally, there is a question about if the device is safe. The company states that choking hazards around the house are more dangerous than the wireless capability of the Onesie. Exmobaby is described as "insulated and designed to broadcast data, and hence radiate, minimally." It says cell phones emit more radiation around a baby sleeping in Exmobaby.
The company makes it clear that if this device is collecting diagnostic information for medical purposes, it needs to be done under the supervision of a physician with parental consent.