I'm a social media junkie who loves reading about and testing new technology. I'm also the mother of an almost 2-year-old. When I first saw the Huggies TweetPee, I immediately thought, "This has to be a joke." Sadly, I was wrong.
TweetPee is a smartphone app with a clip-on, bird-shaped humidity sensor and wireless antenna. (You can guess where the bird goes.) When your baby wets a diaper, a message is sent to Mommy's (or Daddy's) phone.
As the executive editor of Design News, I'm intrigued, and I kind of want to try it out. As a mother, I am appalled. I wouldn't entertain the thought of putting it on my child. It just seems creepy to me. Who knows? Years from now, parents who tested it may find that it caused some sort of damage. Is it worth even the smallest risk?
Kimberly-Clark said in a press release on TweetPee that the humidity sensor is "intended merely as a concept device to help showcase... parents' experience with the app." It won't make the sensor available for purchase, "nor are we suggesting parents are unable or too busy to notice when their babies' diapers need changing."
Money talks. However, no matter the outcome, does anyone really need an app for that?
Readers, what do you think? Is this another cool invention, or does it go too far? Tell us in the comment section below.
Nuvation is quite right, I think. Such a device would sell as fast as it went on the shelves. Not prinmarily because of the function, but because of the :cool" factor. That is just the way some consumer products work.
Now as for all of those frightfully neurotic folks in a panic about the safety of the device. NO, it will not be safe! Clearly the communists will modify the RF generation circuits to modify the baby's genetic code so that it becomes a republican when it grows up. Anybody could see that as the only possible reason for selling such a product.
Seems to me that parents are paying more attention to their smartphones than to their children. Mother Nature has already given parents all the tools they need. Look, feel, sniff, and listen. But if you wait too long to use the first three and made your baby cry, then shame on you!
Nuvation, I agree..they will buy anything and everything that can benefit the child. No problem there. I just do not think this qualifies as one of those things. Technology should not replace good old fashioned parenting. That whole idea kinda scares me.
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