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Digital Diapers Track Children’s Health

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July 10, 2013

The New York Times reports on newly developed baby diapers complete with digital tracking technology to detect potential urinary tract infections, kidney dysfunctions and dehydration. Developed by Pixie Scientific, the diaper connects to a smartphone app and can transmit the health data to a central database where a physician can interpret the information. The technology is currently being tested by a number of children’s hospitals and, if successful, would then be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval. Pixie Scientific’s founder said, “You really don’t want to overload parents with data they don’t understand…Eventually, the quantified self idea will be mostly silent and unobtrusive, just something inside the existing flow of life.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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