Smart pregnancy tracker obtains $2.3M in grants for R&D and product development
Nov 15 2017
Bloomlife, a smart wearable for pregnancy tracking has raised $2.3M in two grants. The funding proceeds will be used for product development and R&D.
The wearable sensor can be used by women in the third trimester of pregnancy to monitor contraction patterns. The sensor-package helps monitor as well as count contractions accurately from home. The sensor also tracks the average frequency and duration and the pattern of contractions.
How does it work?
Pregnant women can place the contraction tracker on their stomach via an adhesive strip. Once attached, the wearable device can be synced to Bloomlife’s mobile app. On activation, the device shows the uterine activity on the mobile app. It can also show ‘contraction patterns’. An ultra-low-power noise circuit tracks the fetal ECG and fetal movement.
The planned research study will take place during the next two years. The research grant was released by the European Commission Horizon 2020 program.
+ The two main problems that the startup plans to help address are fetal movement and fetal heart rate monitoring. Currently, women need to visit clinic/hospital to analyze/monitor both the important pregnancy health indicators.
+ The startup founded in 2014 plans to submit the polished product to FDA for approval.
+ Primary use cases of Bloomlife’s wearable device are remote contraction tracking in pregnant women and managing pregnancy complications.