The wearables market is booming. According to Gartner, this year, worldwide spending on wearables will reach $81.5 billion– an 18% increase from 2020. And by 2022, spending on wearable devices could reach nearly $94 billion.
This chart below shows that patents on wearables remained level for a number of years, but really started to take off in 2018. Since that year, wearables patents have been rising.
In this short list, we highlight some of the most interesting wearable devices for babies and mothers.
|Top 5 wearables for babies and mothers
|Maha Adbullah A. Alhasani||Device worn on the hand, wrist, or arm||Pregnancy test|
|Presque||Smart nursing bra||Breastfeeding|
|TheraB Medical||SnugLit - portable swaddle||Infant jaundice|
|trackle GmbH||App and sensor||Fertility tracking|
|Willow||In-bra breast pump||Breastfeeding|
- At home blood pregnancy test
Maha Adbullah A. Alhasani devised an at home pregnancy test using sensors that detect human chorionic gonadotropin in a blood sample– without using a needle to draw blood. The device can be worn on the hand, wrist, or arm. This test helps those women who don’t get accurate results from urine tests or who have a fear of needles.
- Smart nursing bra
San Francisco-based Presque has developed a smart nursing bra. The Presque Bra is a soft bra-shaped device worn over the breast. It contains an onboard reservoir which can be filled with supplemental milk, which is then connected to Presque’s patented supplement delivery ring. This allows mothers without enough milk to continue to breastfeed their baby, using the supplement and not using a bottle. It also allows mothers who may have come to motherhood in a different way (i.e., through adoption, surrogacy, etc.) to breastfeed their baby and bond. The Presque bra can also monitor breast milk volume and can collect data on perceived insufficient milk supply. Soody Tronson formed Presque in 2016.
- Portable treatment for infant jaundice
TheraB Medical has a wearable and portable treatment for infant jaundice. The East Lansing, Mich.-based company started out as an engineering project at Michigan State University. Its SnugLit product is a wearable, battery-powered swaddle. The design includes a reusable light pad and a disposable cover. SnugLit is still in development and not yet on the market, though the company has a patent for a similar phototherapy device. CEO Alexa Jones founded TheraB in 2014.
- Fertility sensor
Bonn, Germany’s trackle GmbH helps women determine when they are most fertile. The product consists of both an app and a sensor. The sensor is worn like a tampon and is inserted at night before bed. It measures core body temperature, cervical mucus, and more, and then records and calculates the information to determine fertility. Katrin Reuter founded trackle in 2015.
- Wearable breast pump
Willow, based in Mountain View, Calif., created a wearable breast pump. The company’s in-bra breast pump allows mothers to pump into storage bags or containers, providing for a hands-free experience. The bra’s smart technology responds to a mother’s body and mimics the suction of a baby’s mouth - that allows the mother to move more freely without fear of spilling or leakage. The company was founded in 2014 by John Chang, who is also the chief technical officer.
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