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A hat for newborns that instantly sounds an alarm about key vital signs

Newborn babies are very fragile and need utmost care, but even nurses need help caring for them round-the-clock. So here comes the Neopenda Hat, a baby hat with a sensor that can detect a baby’s important vital signs and will sound an alarm if something is wrong.

In understaffed hospitals, the lives of newborn babies are at high risk. Sona Shah and Teresa Cauvel saw this situation first-hand when they visited Uganda and since then, made a commitment to help care for the infants.

Shah told Fast Company: “We noticed that nurses are extremely overworked. They’re taking care of 20 or 30 critically ill babies at the same time. We tried to come up with a way to keep an eye on all the babies more efficiently.”

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