We use trackers to measure our daily footsteps, sleep, calories burned, UV ray intake, heart rate, stress levels—and that's just for us. Imagine if you had another human inside of you.
As the connected world spills over into every aspect of life, technology is making its way to babies and toddlers. New devices include Bluetooth and wireless-equipped pacifiers to bottles and connected onesies.
Some examples: A baby car seat clip from Intel that informs parents if their child is properly clipped in, or a smart pacifier (Pacif-i) that measures a baby's temperature while keeping them from crying.
"I've personally seen devices to potty train, track the baby's movements, and to monitor baby's heartbeat from just a webcam," said Shashi Jain, IoT Innovation Manager at Intel.
If firms get it right, the stakes for companies focusing on connected baby products could be huge. IDC, a market research firm, predicts that the global market for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services will exceed $7 trillion by 2020, up from $1.9 trillion in 2013.
With that kind of money at stake, expect to see more products focused around enhanced safety and convenience for first-time parents.