Track your baby’s weight effortlessly and continually
The Internet of Things is often presented as the idea that sensors are becoming so cheap and abundant that data about anything in the physical world can be collected at any time, anywhere. But in reality, making sensors blend smoothly into the background of life isn’t always about ubiquity — sometimes, all it takes is a single sensor in just the right place.
That’s the approach of Smart Froc, an updated version of a wooden highchair that took top awards when it debuted at a 2012 design fair in Slovenia. Founders Matej Košir and Maruša Gruden worked with Gigodesign to create a stable, adjustable chair that could be modified with attachments to “grow” with a kid from six months up to ten years. Now they have partnered with Slovenia’s first IoT MakerLab to add a Bluetooth weight sensor to the chair.
A child’s weight is an important measure of overall health and development, so it makes a lot of sense to put a scale in a spot where the kid is guaranteed to spend time every day. The sensor, which is accurate to within 100 grams (3.5 ounces), syncs with a parent’s mobile device over Bluetooth Low Energy to build up a detailed daily growth chart that can be shared with a pediatrician. The app compares the child’s weight to standardized growth charts and provides alerts if the trend goes too far above or below the norm.
Smart Froc can be preordered on Kickstarter through October 31, and should begin shipping in April 2016. Learn more in the video below.