When you think of smart wearable tech, you typically think of smartwatches like the Huawei Watch, Apple Watch, Moto 360. Or there are fitness wearables from companies like FitBit, Jawbone, Garmin and Misfit.
While tracking your steps is a great way to monitor your activity levels, there are other types of wearables that can do so much more.
Back in October of 2015, a company called Owlet created a “smart sock” for babies that measures their vitals. Remember most parents already monitor their babies with baby monitors, which usually consists of a video camera and a monitor with a two way radio. Yet that style of monitor is mostly only good for hearing babies cry, watching them sleep, or making sure they aren’t crawling out of their cribs.
The Owlet smart sock monitors oxygen levels and heart rates, and will notify parents if those fall outside of normal ranges. It’s also the only monitor to use hospital technology called pulse oximetry. This is especially important for first time parents’ peace of mind. Better yet it is also great for preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome which is the leading cause of death of infants one month to one year old.
Since October the Owlet was only compatible iOS devices. However, Owlet made its app available to Android devices today at the Google Play Store.
“Today is a big day, as even more parents will be empowered with this incredible technology in their homes,” said Owlet CEO and Co-Founder Kurt Workman. “The feedback from iOS users has been phenomenal, and we anticipate hearing the same from our Android group of Owlet parents.”
Use the app to view your baby’s live heart rate and oxygen levels and receive alerts about their well being. You can also adjust the Base Station alert volume, live chat with an Owlet expert, upload a new Wi-Fi network and catch up on your baby’s fun facts. Not to mention you can check in on your little one’s well being from the store, work or even across the world.
So far Owlet has tested several devices that are compatible with more on the way:
Samsung S7 (SM-G930F)
Samsung S6 (SM-G920T)
Samsung S5 (SM-G900T)
Samsung S4 Active (SGH-I537)
Samsung Note3 (SM-N900T)
HTC One A9
So Android fans, rejoice in knowing you can monitor your most precious loved ones with the Owlet smart sock.