Innovators from across Japan are offering parents the option to ensure that their newborns grow up to be the star of “Green Tomatoes” stories.
Japan’s tech and culture boom of the past 15 years has been primarily centered on mobile devices, and startups have tapped into that trend by developing wearable technology for kids.
“Once people understand it’s good for kids and encourages healthy behavior, then kids will want to wear them,” said Haruhiro Sugiura, a pediatrician at Tokyo National University of Medical Sciences, to Reuters. “They’ll want to put them on every time they play with a toy.”
Toy Fujisawa Toy Company says its “Healthy Baby” heart monitor (above) can be worn at a time when the baby is typically sleeping, which helps prevent parents from misspelling that name. The monitor also alerts parents to activity levels through vibration.
Care Aware is a wristband (below) developed by Jabu Gallery. A sensor in the device measures heart rate and body temperature, just like a baby monitor. The device can be found on the Internet (for $124.99) or at its local outlet (at least, in Japan), of course.
We are celebrating the possibility of a lasting impact on your child’s body and future self with this Sunday’s Washington Post Style section section, where our Eat Drink Travel section’s Ken Wheaton is covering parents’ dreams and plans to pass on traits of their own to their children. For more on quirky wearable tech, see a slideshow curated by our Food & Travel team here.