Feeds

Global nappy hawker trials TweetPee moist-baby monitor

Electronics on your child's crotch links to Twitter

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

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. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.