Owlet launches new smart sock for newborn babies alongside health platform

Company continues to make waves in infant care
Owlet launches new smart sock for newborns
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Continuing its quest to help save children's lives through smart clothing, Owlet is releasing a new smart sock for newborns.

In terms of features and upgrades from the original, the Smart Sock 2 will offer an improved Bluetooth range of up to 100 feet between the sock and base station. Owlet also claims that fewer false notifications will pop up due to more accurate sensor placement and improved software.

A health platform will also be released in order for parents to track the data, which includes biometric information such as heart rate, oxygen levels, sleeping trends and notification history.

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The aim of the Connected Care platform is to help further identify underlying health issues, including sleep irregularities, RSV, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, chronic lung disorders and heart defects.

The beta version will launch this summer, bringing parents 24-hour, one-week and one-month looks at heart rate and oxygen levels which are tracked while baby slept. The sock, meanwhile, will launch on 29 March in the US and Canada for $299.

"From day one, our mission at Owlet has been to revolutionize the way we care for our infants, and that starts with understanding their overall health," said Kurt Workman, Owlet co-founder. "We're now helping parents take a more proactive approach to their baby's health by giving them a more complete picture."

And while the improved sock is a welcome addition, it's the connected platform that has the potential to change infant care.

Owlet indicates that the tracking features are just the beginning, with the future set to involve more smart features for the connected nursery. For example, if the baby is too hot or cold, the smart sock could talk to a fan or heater in the room in order to aid sleep.

Owlet launches new smart sock for newborns and health platform