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Owlet's newest prenatal product gives expecting mothers real-time updates about their baby's well-being. The Owlet Band won two awards at CES 2019 for Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World.

The Owlet Band wraps around the mother's abdomen and adapts to her changing body to connect her with her growing baby. Mothers can start using the monitor at 24 weeks and keep going until the baby reaches full-term.

When worn overnight, the band tracks the mother's sleeping position, monitors the baby's heart rate and kick count, and can send alerts about contractions. Sensors in the band take thousands of samples per second and sends the data to the mother's smartphone.

The band generates a wellness report the includes all the information ready for the next day.

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Owlet plans to release the band publically later this year. For now, expecting mothers can sign up for the beta program.

"As a company of parents, it is important to us to bring innovative technology into a family's everyday life in an easy-to-use form with functionality that is meaningful to the health and wellness of the baby and family," Kurt Workman, CEO of Owlet Baby Care said in a press release.

The Owlet Band keeps expecting mothers informed about their baby's well-being outside of checkups with a doctor. The band employs electrocardiogram technology and because the fabric is so thin the company said, the band is still comfortable without sacrificing the quality of the readings.

""This product could be a game-changer in determining the wellness of a fetus," Jeff Humpherys, Owlet's Chief Data Scientist said.

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Takeaways

  1. The Owlet Band can be worn around the mother's abdomen starting at 24 weeks until they're full term.
  2. Overnight the band tracks the mother's sleeping position, the baby's heart rate, kick count and alerts mother's to contractions. The information is generated into a report the next day.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.