monitoring your baby's breathing: what are your options?
wearable or camera
Smart monitors fall into two categories: Those that touch, and those that watch.
Measures blood oxygenation or motion
Owlet: Pulse oximeter in a sock Snuza: Diaper clip that measures stomach movement Angelcare: Motion sensing mat under crib mattress Mimo: Specialized onesie with an electronic motion sensor
Measures breathing rate and motion
Smart Beat, Miku, Raybaby, Cocoon Cam
Nanit combines contact and non-contact: Its camera tracks the pattern on its "breathing wear" wraps and swaddles. Requires an extra step when putting baby to sleep, but at least there are no electronics on the baby.
radiation or image analysis
Non-contact monitors that radiate energy to monitor breathing:
Raybaby: Microwaves are sent out and the monitor compares how much energy was absorbed against how much energy bounced back. Miku: Combines image analysis with high-frequency radar.
Uses algorithms to analyze the color change in every pixel of every frame. Since they analyze the image, they are as safe as taking a picture.
Smart Beat, Cocoon Cam
in the cloud or in the home
Products are more or less vulnerable to malicious hacking attempts depending on how they handle your baby's data.
Cocoon Cam sends the video feed to its cloud servers for analysis before forewarding the data to your app. This creates vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.
In Lock-Down mode, Smart Beat creates its own dedicated in-home WiFi network that is completely disconnected from the world wide web. Your baby's data can only be accessed by users who are physically in your home.