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Portland company creates BabyBit to help parents monitor babies

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A Portland company is behind a new device that is supposed to help parents keep track of their baby, even when they're away at work.     

By downloading an app and using the BabyBit, parents will be able to stay connected to their babies in a whole new way. 
 
"We talked to well over 100 moms and we were able to distill it down to three questions: Is my baby safe? Is my baby happy? Is my caregiver doing a good job taking care of the baby?" said Brian Ostrovsky, CEO of BabyBit Technologies.

While the little square device is not a tracking device, it’s something that lets parents keep track of their young child. The creators told Fox 12 they came up with the idea with new working moms and dads in mind.

The BabyBit works via Bluetooth. Then once parents have the app, a caregiver downloads that app as well. With the BabyBit clipped to the child's clothes and when everyone is connected to their phones, they can all monitor the baby and even get notifications if the caregiver goes out of range, or if the infant was perhaps left in a car.

"Since we know who's connected to the BabyBit, we also know when nobody's connected to the BabyBit," said Ostrovsky. 

Jaguar Land Rover invested in BabyBit a few months ago, and a video posted on YouTube shows them already using the technology in a car. 

The idea is to not only alert everyone that a child was left in a car, but it could also make the air conditioning or heater turn on to keep the child safe. If no one comes back in a reasonable amount of time, BabyBit would be able to call 911.

The BabyBit is only being offered through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, and the creators say they plan to have them ready for the first customers this November. The price for the device is $159. 

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