Babybe keeps newborns connected to their mothers during artificial incubation
About 12 percent of all births are premature where preterm babies have to spend several weeks in incubator machines away from their mothers. However, studies have shown that early contact between a newly born baby and her mother can improve self-regulation of the baby’s system and enhance emotional bonding. So, to keep mothers and babies connected through the process of artificial incubation, a startup founded by engineer Raphael Langand and an industrial designer Camilo Anabálon have invented a bionic mattress named Babybe. The emotional prosthetics brings haptic information from the mother to the baby in real time, thus making the environment less stressing for the infant inside the incubator.
The creators of Babybe have developed a system that collects mother’s body signs like heartbeat, breathing pattern and voice. A wearable sensory bag dubbed turtle is held by the mother close to her chest. Through sensors, it read these vital signs and translates those signals into movement on a Bionic Mattress. Using electronic systems and pumps, the mattress generates a rhythmic movement imitates the mother chest in all of its degrees. The sensor bag also features a qualitative display of data to inform the mother about health condition of the baby.
Babybe bionic mattress aims to establish a real time connection between the mother and the child. Thus, they both can relate with each other and an emotional response can be triggered. The emotional connection among them will offer better chances for the baby to get better and to bond with the mother.