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.
To parahrase an oft-referenced quote, "Technology is taking us where no man dared venture before!" Not only will future generations of humans be born WITHOUT vocal chords to actually speak to one another (tweeting & nonverbal communication wll supplant that archaic mode), but they will be born without brains, since they'll be an "app" for that too.
The ONLY exception to this prophecy will be for politicians. A genetic marker will identify those individuals who have this dominant gene, and they will continue to have vocal chords, since that's ALL they know how to do.... talk, without reason!
A better use might be nursing homes or senior care facilities. The alarm sent to the nurses station could be very helpful. Some residents are non-verbal, some suffer from various mental difficulties that may prevent them from knowing that they have "moistened their under garments". I think most parents do learn the different cries but babies aren't the only ones wearing diapers anymore.
I'd give this idea a definite maybe. At one time, we had four young children with two in diapers at the same time. Admittedly, there were times when my communication link to my children was overloaded. I could have used a little help. At the same time, though, I'm not sure I would have been completely open to Tweets during the chaos. It might have pushed me over the brink.
I always wanted to make a TV commercial with a toddler walking beside a pool, the kid falls in the pool and everyone rushes to his aid, only to see the kid happily sitting at the bottom of dry pool with a puddle here or there and a diaper that's swollen to the size of a beach ball. "Your child will always stay dry in new super absorbent Nappies"
This is great, Jenn. You can get a call when your baby needs changing even when you're at work. When my kids were young, I loved those diapers that coagulated moisture into a solid within the diaper so the baby wouldn't feel uncomfortable because from the acidic moisture. Under those conditions, who needs the moisture dector?
Yes Elizibeth, parents quickly learn (in my recollection it was through negative reinforcement) what their child is trying to communicate. Sleepy baby, hungry baby, bored baby, lonely baby, cranky baby; there's a song for each mood. This is what teaches children how to manipulate, I mean, communicate with their parents.
I agree, Jennifer, this seems a little over the top. I don't have children, and I'm sure it can be helpful in some cases, but isn't knowing that your child's cry means he or she needs a diaper change part of learning to communicate with your baby? I think that kind of communication is natural and far more personal than finding out from an app. In my opinion, they should leave well enough alone when it comes to something like this. Technology already has impersonalized a lot of things we used to use normal human communication for.
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