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New parents are faced with many conundrums and one of the most nerve-wracking is how to check a diaper without waking a sleeping baby. Korean startup Monit’s new Bluetooth sensor wants to make sniff tests a thing of the past by alerting parents as soon as their baby’s diaper is soiled. Later on, the sensor can be turned into a portable air quality and temperature monitor, extending its usefulness.
Small, flat and round like a macaron, the Monit sensor helps parents who are worried about changing diapers in time to avoid accidents and skin irritation. Founder Tony Park began working on Monit because one of his two daughters suffered from atopic dermatitis and he needed to make sure she was always in a dry diaper. He submitted his idea to C-Lab, an incubator program for projects by Samsung Electronics employees, and got enough funding to work on Monit for one year. Now its first products—the sensor and a baby carrier called Bebefit—are getting ready to ship this summer in Korea, before expanding into the U.S. and major Asian markets like China and Japan.
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