January 15, 2018
Last week CES brought innovators from around the world to Las Vegas. But one event at CES was dedicated to creating innovations for the smallest people. This year participants in the Babytech Awards displayed a myriad of products from wearables that monitor a baby’s heartbeat to baby sleep coaches. There were five categories including healthy baby, fertility and pregnancy, baby safety, baby eats...
June 28, 2017
It’s impossible to watch a baby at all times, no matter how little sleep new parents get. But that doesn’t stop parents from trying to keep tabs on their child at any time of day or night, meaning the market for smart baby monitoring products isn’t slowing down. The latest to raise funding in this space is Silicon Valley-based Cocoon Cam, which just closed $4 million in Series A led by Happiness...
January 25, 2017
While most wearable baby monitors are designed with the intention to give parents peace of mind, some experts warn they may do just the opposite.
In a recent JAMA article, researchers outlined how the proliferation of baby wearables that monitor vital signs and alert parents of abnormalities via a companion app can cause undue alarm to parents. Moreover, the researchers point out, the devices...
September 9, 2016
This year is shaping up to be a big one for acquisitions, if not for the money (many are for undisclosed amounts) but for sheer volume. We’ve seen 30 so far, and with a little over three months to go, 2016 may well end up eclipsing 2015’s total of 37 deals. Rather than just list the companies, we've broken them down into different categories based on who the acquirer is, to try to outline some...
February 1, 2016
Mattel, a toy manufacturing giant based in Segundo, California, acquired San Francisco-based Sproutling, which has developed a health sensing wearable device for babies. Mattel also acquired all the assets of Fuhu, which is best known for developing a suite of tablets for children and their families. Fuhu filed for bankruptcy last year after raising more than $100 million from various big name...
February 9, 2015
San Francisco-based Sproutling has raised $3.9 million, according to an amended SEC filing. The company started the round in August
2013 and has raised at least $6.5 million total to date.
Existing investors include First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures, FirstMark Capital, Accelerator Ventures, Lemnos Labs, BoxGroup, and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning.
Sproutling has developed a health...