Since a baby is a part of you, you always aspire to give them the best you can and make sure that they’re sound and secure round the clock. And, if technology has its way, very soon you might be able to implant your baby with a GPS microchip so as to be able to keep a track on her every move.
Adrienne LaFrance in her article “Baby, Monitored” in the December issue of the Atlantic mentions that innovators might be able to make this scenario come true for parents in about another two decades. The article, a must read for parents and innovators alike, talks about how the worldwide tech industry has already began its baby steps in disrupting tears, nap time, dirty diapers and almost everything and anything that can be charted, visualised and measured when it comes to infants.
The article also talks about some innovative devices that have already debuted in the baby tech space like the Starling, a device that clips onto a baby’s clothes and then counts the number of words he or she hears (and, later on, says) each day. According to its creators, the technology is based on a research that had suggested that babies who hear more words wind up having better vocabularies and IQs than those who don’t.
But, the one thing that has got a lot of parents worried is, if it’s safe for a child to be exposed to so many tech devices so early in life, meaning if being in close proximity with all these devices will hamper the growth of their infants in someway or another. While having a-sleep-tracking bodysuit that can send alerts to a parent’s cellphone with a baby’s temperature sounds like a swell thing to have, but what is majorly terrifying is the fact that scientists still haven’t been able to figure out if having a Bluetooth-enabled device pressed up against the tiny abdomen of a child for hours at a time could cause health problems later on in life.
In addition to all this, the parents themselves are so busy and pre-occupied updating the various apps with their babies’ behaviour that they don’t even think about the various privacy concerns that might arrive their way a few years down the road. Not only the outsiders, parents themselves have the potential of becoming a problem in their children’s life in the near future. According to a famous historian, too much information might lead to more of what is often called helicoptering behavior in humans.
As of now, none of the aforementioned reasons seems to be slowing the pace at which the baby-tech space is growing everyday. Since newer and newer generations are now donning the parents hat, the dependence on apps and tech for parental guidance and help has grown exponentially over the last decade.
According to LaFrance, the only logical conclusion to this parenting trend is to implant the child with a GPS microchip, something similar on the lines of Apple’s Find iPhone app but for people.
Since a lot of parents are nowadays spending their time gazing on screens than on their babies, this particular idea might just prove to be a solid winner.