Your Baby's Diapers Will Employ Artificial Intelligence
Recently, Pampers announced its investment in the pursuit of a new type of diaper: SMART diapers. These diapers step beyond the normal functions of any conventional diaper, as they can track a baby’s sleeping patterns, its feeding schedule, urine habits, and overall development and growth. In addition, when these SMART diapers are purchased, the consumer is able to obtain the personalized app, a baby monitor, and a 10-day supply of diapers. Without a doubt, this is a massive leap in the direction of diapers by Pampers - but why, specifically, is this notable, and how does artificial intelligence play a role in these SMART diapers?
This app and product is known as Lumi. Pampers designed Lumi by partnering with both Logitech and Verily technology in their diapers. As a result, they were able to create the world’s first all-in-one connected care system in diaper technology. A video monitor coupled with an activity sensor leaves parents with 24/7 tracking on their baby through nothing but their underwear.
Artificial Intelligence in conventional items for babies is surprisingly not new. Previously, technological onesies were developed that can work as sleep trackers, as well as robotic cribs that can stimulate a more relaxing environment for a baby in order to sleep quicker, have also flooded the economy. But in order to employ AI in diapers, a more simple form of technology needs to be created to ensure the safety of the baby with no chance of harming him or her. And this is where Pampers has proved successful. The amount of AI used in the SMART diapers is almost unrecognizable; nevertheless, it operates efficiently and productively for the parents.
The activity sensor on the diaper sends any information that it obtains from being on the baby’s diaper necessary straight to the app. Each diaper’s activity sensor can be connected to ensure the same information is tracked and recorded sufficiently. This helps parents know exactly when their baby needs a diaper-replacement if they are unavailable, know exactly when their baby is awake and how long he or she sleeps, and if their baby is having any restroom-related issues or difficulties. The activity sensor will not be damaged if the baby’s diaper becomes wet, dirty or squished on. In fact, this is something that the activity sensor transports to the phone.
"Parents didn't ask for a poo or pee alarm; they wanted something more like the smart watches of today," a Pampers spokesperson told CNN Business. "The activity sensor tracks baby's sleep and since it's there on the diaper, it can also track ... if a diaper is wet."
Unfortunately, however, as artificial intelligence is not perfect, there are possible security issues that may develop from using this prototype. Baby monitors can be susceptible to hackers - and if personal information is listed on the app, hackers can exploit this information to do whatever they desire. Fortunately, Pampers has made plans against this. Their security relies not solely on their technology and the difficulties to bypass it, but also through pass-codes, a scanning system, and request for credentials whenever the app is accessed.
Thus, the employment of artificial intelligence in diapers may seem surreal and positive, but without a doubt, potential disadvantages can emerge. Nonetheless, its benefits for a more busy generation of parents can outweigh these disadvantages. Diapers have already emerged as an essential aspect of raising babies, and by taking this leap forward, their benefits and potential uses may establish a stronger revolution in the baby industry. As mentioned before, since robotic cribs and intelligent onesies already exist, the potential for further growth is without a doubt unlimited.