Hugsy’s smart baby blanket mimics a parent’s heartbeat to comfort newborns

Every parent knows that caring for their baby is their biggest priority. It is also widely known that babies develop best when parents hold them close within their arms. The bond improves brain development, reduces stress, provides better sleep, and increases immunity.

Hugsy is a new startup that has created a better baby blanket. Using its smart blanket, the benefits of a mother or father’s embrace lasts even when a parent can’t be nearby. It provides warmth, smell, and a unique heartbeat to provide key aspects of a parent’s presence.

The idea behind Hugsy is kangaroo care. This is a type of developmental care that centers around holding a baby skin to skin on the bare chest. Holding a baby in such a way is important in development, especially for those born prematurely. Benefits include reduced stress, deeper sleep, boosted parent-child bonding, improved breastfeeding, more weight gain, increased immunity, and overall brain development. Doctors recommend at least an hour of kangaroo care a day.

With Hugsy’s smart baby blanket, a parent’s scent, warmth, and unique heartbeat are picked up during these special cuddling moments. When it is time for the baby to go back in the crib, the smart blanket is able to continue providing these three key aspects of the parent’s embrace.

Starting in October, the Hugsy Home can be ordered online for babies up to three months in age. It can also smooth the transition from the hospital to home for premature babies. Shipments expect to go out by spring 2018 in the Dutch market. Other European countries and North America will follow shortly after.

Hugsy Hospital is a special model designed specifically for premature babies. It will take a little longer to make it to market, but has already tested well in the Maxima Medical Center in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Another round of trials begins this fall in four hospitals across that country. These tiny babies benefit the most from kangaroo care and the prolonging benefits of Hugsy.

Keep checking out Digital Trends for more on the latest in smart baby tech.


Here’s how to install Windows on a Chromebook

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…
Movies & TV

Winter coming in spring? HBO reveals 'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere date

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.

The best sleeping bags to help you conquer the cold, no matter what season it is

A proper sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a camping or backpacking trip. Here are our picks for the best sleeping bags on the market to help you choose the correct bag for any type of outdoor adventure.

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Smart Home

Hosting Thanksgiving but not sure where to begin? Try a Thanksgiving meal kit

Need a Thanksgiving meal, but short on time or expertise? Here are the best Thanksgiving meal kits to help you out. They either give you all the ingredients and instructions, or provide a full Thanksgiving meal that you just have to heat.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 1-handed drone control, a pot that stirs itself

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

Amazon's new Echo is smaller and cheaper; firmware upgrade improves sound

The all-new Echo is shorter, cuter, and comes with several different color and fabric choices. Our Amazon Echo review reveals that while the acoustics initially weren't great upon release, a firmware upgrade has improved the sound.

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Smart Home

Picture this: The Aura packs thousands of photos in a single frame (for a price)

Are you one of those people who miss the good old days of flipping through photo albums to see each and every favorite photo? If so, you might love the Aura digital photo frame. We tested the device and came away impressed.
Smart Home

This old-school bus is now a solar-powered home on wheels

Michael Fuehrer of Nowhere Navigation decided to gut an old yellow school bus and turned it into a tiny home on wheels, complete with a full kitchen and shower inside and a solar panel on top.
Smart Home

Cloud slime, butter slime, scented slime -- we have your next DIY project covered

We researched dozens of different ingredients and tried several slime recipes. While some recipes are generally pretty safe, others are questionable at best. Which recipes should you use, and which should you avoid?
Product Review

Tovala cooks delicious, idiotproof meals healthier than takeout. For a price

The Tovala Steam Oven is a countertop appliance that can serve up dinner in about 20 minutes with zero prep. The drawback is that the ready-to-heat meals, while tasty, are $12 each.