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Monday, July 22, 2019

Pampers and Diaper Tech War: Smart Diapers?

Have not seen a play in this area for some time,  early on Apps popped up.  Is this appealing to parents making a diaper choice? 

Baby tech: Pampers to deliver a big diaper change
by Nancy Cohen , Tech Xplore

In some home soon, a new parent will enjoy a smartphone glance as the first-time mom reads messages like Claire's diaper is dry. Bottle 46 minutes ago. Asleep 1 hour 22 minutes.

The phone messages are just part of an entire system coming from Pampers. Instead of just pushing out a debut of diapers tracking urine, Pampers has intentions of bring you a connected care system called Lumi. That is tech talk for telling a parent when the baby has wet the diaper plus delivering other information.

It is not on shelves now; the Pampers site is inviting visitors to sign up for a waiting list. The system is planned for this fall.

How Lumi works: "The sensor keeps an eye on the blue wetness strip outside of the diaper to determine how soaked it is... you'll need to buy Lumi-optimized version of the diapers to use the sensor, as they have larger and more visible wetness strips," said Devindra Hardewar in Engadget.

But wait, there is more. Marie Baca in The Washington Post said Pampers intends to send the user the baby's wake and sleep times and feeding times.

After all, could a smart diaper that just announces urine alone make consumers pop the corks. No. Hardewar commented that Pampers "is aiming for something a bit more expansive. The Lumi system is meant to make an infant's first year easier for parents by delivering as much data as possible."

(The 1080p wide-angle HD monitor has night vision and two-way audio. It tracks room temperature and humidity, according to the Pampers site.)

To understand why Pampers would want to expand into smart diaper territory, a follow-the-money analysis appeared in May, in Vox. Pampers is hardly a lone player in the "sprawling diaper-tech war."  ....  '

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