Quantifying Our Kids
Wired Science takes a look at the growing number of parents who track their baby's every move using high-tech tools and toys.
Wired Science takes a look at the growing number of parents who track their baby’s every move using high-tech tools and toys. Everything from number of diapers changed to number of hours slept provide a rich data set for parents to examine the evolution of their offspring.
Fifteen years ago, tracking your babys development meant going to the pediatrician every few months and recording his growth on a simple height and weight chart. Today, baby tracking is a booming business. In addition to websites that let you track your infants schedule, there are iPhone apps that translate and record your babys cries, wearable devices that keep track of how much you talk to your child, and even electronic toys that record how your child plays with them, so you can compare his progress to developmental norms.