Israeli startup LittleOne.Care is developing an artificial intelligence product that continuously monitors infants’ actions so that emergencies and developmental failures can be identified in advance and diagnosis and treatment can be offered at early and critical stages.
The monitoring is done using a small device attached to the newborn baby’s clothing. It has no radiation, nor transmission, and it accompanies him around the clock without interfering with his daily routine.
The device, based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, picks up the baby’s sounds and movements, analyzes them, and offers conclusions about what happened in the baby’s life during the day.
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The monitor builds an emotional diary of the baby based on an analysis of his movements, sounds, and voices in and around him. For example, when he cries, laughs, is exposed to music that provokes movement, responds to stimuli in dialogue with an adult, and more.
This data also allows for early identification of various safety incidents and alerts in cases of deterioration in the infant’s quality of care before neglect or other emergencies. For example, the device detects a decrease in the quality of care the baby receives, increased exposure to digital screens, traveling in a vehicle to illogical destinations, removing the device from the child’s body, and more
The baby’s development accompanies the parents and the baby in the most critical period in which they create parenting patterns and partnerships in caring for and raising the baby. The insights are for parents’ use, and they can share the “baby diary” with other family members and caregivers of their choice. Parents can contact counselors and experts directly from the app, share data on behavior, development, and quality of care for the baby, and receive fact-based counseling. It is crucial to find developmental problems in babies early so they can get professional care and help immediately before the problems are fixed or worsen.
The startup LittleOne.Care was founded by Ami Moeded and Shauli Gur Arieh, who serves as the company’s CEO, is a graduate of the Talpiot program, and is a member of Unit 81 of the Intelligence Corps, with extensive knowledge and experience in monitoring and big data systems. The company, which specializes in algorithms and sensors, received a grant from the We19 project founded by Amnon Shashua, founder of Mobileye, and an investment from the Axon Fund.
The company has created a database of the world’s largest information files on infant crying, labeled according to the causes of crying and its types.
The company started a clinical trial with Hadassah Hospital in the field of child development, which was led by two pediatricians. They are also starting a beta program in the United States with the help of parents of infants, first in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles and then in New York.