Little Smith is a smart baby monitor that brings parents and babies closer together in the connected environment, and alleviates the stress associated with being a new parent. It is the brainchild of May Sun and Heath Wagoner.
Little Smith uses form and function to create a new wearable monitor.Little Smith is a non-invasive wearable baby monitor. There are two wearables, one is a monitor for the baby, while the other is an alert bracelet for the parent. Little Smith uses an app to collect data from the baby’s monitor, so that it may alert the parent.
The project brief was to create a smart object for the connected home. The outcome of this 15 week iterative design, build, brand methodology of Aruliden was a wearable baby monitor for both the parent and the baby that sent information to an app. This wearable monitor blends fashion and technology into a chic baby monitor that is easy to wear for both the parents and the baby. The name little smith came from a blend of little one and “smithing” which is the act of making jewelry.
Starting with market research, Sun and Wagoner analyzed the current products on the market for monitoring the home and ones physical vitals. From that research they pivoted into the combined area of wearables and at home baby monitors. Realizing that the area was ripe for innovation the two played upon their skills as an industrial designer and as a jeweler to design a wearable. The pair wanted to design a wearable that broke away from the norms of baby monitoring.
A brand was established around a brand pyramid that consisted of an essence that consisted of being enjoyable that was followed by the purpose, promise, and positioning that were built on being engaging, promoting awareness and creating seamless interactions. The building blocks for the brand are to be visible and reticent., To create an intimate and amiable parenting experience.,To make parenthood easy and manageable.,and To remit significant information and make wise decisions.
Through thorough user research the pair deducted a driving insight that current baby monitors were designed to be sterile and unreliable to other daily objects. Other deductions were that baby monitors that relied on video and sound, eventually created situations where that parents were developing unhealthy attachments to their monitors, often creating disruptive sleep patterns. Finally they found that brands were not inclusive of the changing style of the modern family. Brands were often no marketed to include same sex couples, who are becoming ever more common parts of the family structure in today’s world.
The two decided upon the materials of metal and plastic, going through many ideations in the design of the bracelets before settling on a bracelet with metal components housing the monitors and a plastic band that had the appearance of coloured glass.
The bracelet for the parents only housed components that vibrate and flash light at various intervals to alert the parents of their baby’s activity in a more subtle way. Parents could then use the interactive app to find out their baby’s vitals.
Little Smith’s baby monitor bracelet was more complex. It houses a thermosister for temperature, a heart rate monitor, a vibrometer to sense movement, and a microcontroler to process the information being received from the baby’s activities.
Both the Parent and Baby monitor bracelets use low frequency bluetooth to interact with an app that provides real time data of the baby’s vitals that it receives from the baby’s bracelet. The app then acts a a hub to alter the parents of the needs of their baby. The app and the bracelet can be shared with a sitter when the parents need a night out.
In the final steps this product was placed in the upscale baby store, Baby Cottons because the two brands exist together seamlessly.