Frequently asked questions
What is Exmobaby?
Exmobaby is a machine washable sleep garment designed for babies aged 0-12 months, that uses embedded, non-contact ECG, skin temperature and movement sensors, to monitor behavioral and emotional changes.
What are the key components of the Exmobaby system?
The Exmobaby system is comprised of the biosensor garment itself, which is worn by a baby, a single AAA-battery powered Zigbee transmitter pod that snaps securely onto the garment, a USB Zigbee receiver dongle that plugs into a nearby Windows PC, software for the PC itself, a user website where remote alerts by SMS, AIM and email can be setup.
What is an Exmobaby Evaluation Kit?
In order to refine Exmobaby for usage by consumers, Exmovere Holdings has decided to sell up to 1000 evaluation kits that include beta stage device prototypes, software and customer support needed to evaluate the underlying technology itself. Exmovere's goal is to establish relationships with pediatric specialists, non-profits, non governmental organizations, universities, baby product retailers and potential licensees around the world. There will be two kind of kits available: Standard and Deluxe. Standard kits, which cost $1000, will include one garment, one transmitter/receiver, software and support for 6 months. Deluxe kits cost $2500, come with everything found in a standard kit, but also include one sample of each garment size. Deluxe kits are important for potential distributors and licensees that need an opportunity to inspect the garment on a variety of babies.
How does the transceiver pod work and how long will the battery last?
Exmobaby is designed to be soft, comfortable and safe for babies while they sleep. The Exmobaby snap-on Zigbee transceiver pod is placed on the lower abdomen and encourages baby to sleep on their back. The device has a simple on/off button on its face. When activated, the pod will transmit a burst of data once per minute to a receiving PC within 100 feet. The pod will transmit the following raw data from Exmobaby: heart rate, skin temperature and movement on 3 axes. All interpretation of the data is done by software on the receiving PC. The Exmobaby pod will last at least 8 hours on a single charge. The device is designed to be powered by a single, rechargeable AAA battery. The pod is light, hypoallergenic and unswallowable.
Is Exmobaby an FDA-approved medical device?
No. Exmobaby is currently an investigational stage product that will ultimately be marketed to the general public as an FDA 510k exempt biofeedback device, predicated on a wide number of existant wireless ECG devices. Any diagnostic or medical usage of Exmobaby technology in its current form on babies must be done under the supervision of a physician with informed consent from the parents.
Is it harmful for babies to be exposed to a wireless device, like the Exmobaby transceiver?
There is greater proven danger to babies from choking hazards than exposure to wireless or radiating devices like cell phones, radios and/or microwaves. Exmobaby is insulated and designed to broadcast data, and hence radiate, minimally. In any case, babies are exposed to significantly more radiation from nearby cell phones than from sleeping with Exmobaby.
I like Exmobaby vital sign monitoring technology but I am afraid of any kind of radiation whatsoever. What do I do?
Exmovere is working on a non-wireless version of Exmobaby that merely displays the data on the garment using woven fiber-optic displays. This would eliminate the need for wireless transmission but would still require someone to actually look at the baby itself.
How is it possible to detect emotional states using Exmobaby?
Exmovere Holdings, the designer of Exmobaby, is committed to emotion detection algorithms that involve two kinds of vital sign data: arousal (energy/alertness) and valence (mood). Detection of emotion from Exmobaby involves software that compares heart rate, delta temperature and movement data (arousal) to heart rate variability and skin temperature (valence). Normally, these data, if tracked over time, enable a system to "guess" from a series of words that could be used to describe an emotional state: anger, fatigue, depression, joy, etc. For this to work, normally the subject would confirm or deny the system's assessment. Over time, this enables the software algorithms to gain greater accuracy. In the case of babies, Exmovere is asking its users to try something new: name states. Exmobaby software will monitor trends in vital states. Parents will be asked to name states, such as "giggly" or "grumpy," and the system can and will alert them when the underlying readings that match those states are detected. The idea is to demonstrate the link between changes in vital sign data and mental states. It is also to create a deeper level of communication between babies and their parents at the beginning of such a critical relationship.
Who is the target audience for Exmobaby?
Exmobaby is intended ultimately for first time parents. Exmovere's goal is to find physicians, retailers, distributors and healthcare IT providers that can make the technology ubiquitous and affordable.