Indian startup Ray has launched their Kickstarter to seek funding to create Raybaby, a non-contact breathing tracker for your baby. Meaning that it can monitor your child, how your baby is breathing from a distance, even without need to strap anything to the baby.
At first glance, Raybaby looks like an ordinary baby monitor. It uses a camera that detects the baby’s movements and transmits what is going on to an app on the parent’s phone. But what’s special about the Raybaby is that it utilizes ultrawideband radar tech, which works much like ultrasound.
The device is small enough to easily fit in the palm of your hand. It can be placed on a table top or wall-mounted. The baby isn’t going to rip the unit off the wall. Ray said that the UWB radar tech operates at a distance and also measure the breathing with 98% accuracy.
When paired with the app, Raybaby can give you valuable stats on your child’s live respiratory rate. It gives mapping of the different sleep states too. It provides a weekly graph, which would be good info to have when you’re visiting your pediatrician. This device also alets you if there are any sudden changes, that could point to a fever or other illness.
As a baby monitor, Raybaby doesn’t stream live video continuously to the app — which could tax your bandwidth — but instead tracks when the baby is awake or smiling or trying to stand up. It collects a collage of all of those moments into highlights of the day, which you can then share with the built-in online community that comes with the app. ‘They get the best of two worlds: vital monitoring and video monitoring all in one device, all of which is securely stored using Amazon Cloud Services,’ said Poovaya, who’s now Ray’s COO.
Ray’s Kickstarter campaign runs from January 31 to March 17, 2017.