Feeds

Global nappy hawker trials TweetPee moist-baby monitor

Electronics on your child's crotch links to Twitter

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Twitter is preparing for an IPO, casting around for business plans to sell to investors, and so may be relieved to know Kimberly-Clark, maker of the popular Huggies diaper brand, is suggesting a solid (or in this case, liquid) idea for them to take to market.

The TweetPee is a bird-shaped humidity sensor and wireless antenna that is clipped on to the front of a diapered baby's crotch. When the sensor detects a number one from the increased moisture in the air, it sends a tweet to the parent's iPhone telling them to check their offspring.

The application will also monitor how many diapers the baby is getting through, and has a sales mechanism for ordering more. The system is being trialed in Brazil with a very limited number of families in July, and Kimberly-Clark insists it's just a prototype at this stage.

"The clip-on humidity sensor is intended merely as a concept device to help showcase these 10 parents' experience with the app," it said in a statement. "It will not be made available for purchase, nor are we suggesting parents are unable or too busy to notice when their babies' diapers need changing!"

While this El Reg hack is thankfully child-free, it would seem that there are already methods for ascertaining whether your offspring has relieved him- or herself. True, not all babies cry when they've filled their diaper, but modern nappies do have resealable tags allowing the parent to check if everything's dry down there.

Still, it's sure to sell a lot of diapers, particularly if the sensor is a little bit oversensitive, and that means more sales for Kimberly-Clark. But in safety-paranoid America it's unlikely many parents are going to be happy strapping a radio onto the spot they're hoping to get grandchildren from. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.