More sensor tech for tots: Owlet turns to the crowd to launch breathing monitor for babies

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Baby monitors that merely sit on the sidelines observing sleeping infants could become passé — that is if a small crop of new startups have their way.

Sensor-equipped “smart” onesies and, even diapers, promise parents a new way to track and analyze their infant’s vital signs. Now, a “smart” sock developed by Salt Lake City, Utah-based Owlet wants to help parents keep tabs on their infants’ breathing.

The device, which was developed by a team of students from Brigham Young University and has raised $250,000 in seed funding and prize money from business plan competitions, was first announced last year. On Monday, the startup said it had launched a crowdfunding campaign on its website to raise $100,000 to bring its devices to market.

Other sensor-based baby clothing and accessories similarly claim to monitor babies’ wellbeing — for example, the Rest and Exmobaby onesies use temperature and movement sensors to monitor…

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