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December Update

Product testing updates

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we here at Owlet are still so thankful for your support. Many of your children have been born and grown too old for Owlet as we have undergone our hardware redesign, but you still see how this product is going to change the world, and support this important movement. I have worked on a lot of projects and companies, but never before have I seen the same devotion that I see at Owlet. We all see how this product will fundamentally change people’s lives and that is inspiring. We are thankful to work on such a world changing product and we are, as always, thankful for your continued support.Ok, so here are the details of what has been going on at Owlet in November:1) We started and completed a 1-week 25 unit beta test of the product. We found quite a few bugs that made for a less than optimal experience for many users. The sock would disconnect from the base station pretty often. We have since fixed that bug.2) We made 100 units and sent them off 3 weeks ago for another beta test. This test should give us a really good idea of what final work adjustments to the product need to be done before we can ship.

3) We sent units to Intertek to get UL and FCC tested and approved. Almost all electronics require this testing. You have probably noticed big FCC and UL logos on your electronic devices. If we pass this test, then we will know there are no more hardware revisions on our product. Which is a very good thing! 🙂

4) We are giving you the opportunity to come up with the melody that the base station will play when the sock disconnects or runs out of battery. Yep, you are getting the opportunity to be immortalized by your musical abilities.

5) My wife and I gave birth to our first child, James. She would not let me name him Bear, so I was pretty sad. (Not even as a middle name!) See a fun timelapse I did of her pregnancy at the end of this post.

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Our first beta test of 25 units. Sure made us giddy to see this many units all lined up.
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Ashleigh, holding a couple hundred socks and trying to smile. (This photo was taken at two in the morning, with four hours of work left before we could ship out our 100 beta units.)
It takes longer than you think to fill 100 boxes.
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Verifying the Base Station and Sock Electronics before shipping them out to our beta test group.
Crowdsourcing the Non-Alert Melody:
Of the thousands of people who are reading this, I imagine that many of you have musical talents. We thought it would be fun to include you in creating the melody for the disconnection alerts. If you would like your name immortalized in Owlet history, then here is your chance. This melody will be played in the non-emergency event of a disconnection. This could mean that the sock was kicked off, your home wifi was turned off, or the sock ran out of battery. On our test units, the beta testers have had to listen to our rendition of the Mario Song, but we are ready to step up our audio game. The task is simply to come up with a lullaby sounding (non alarm/non stressful sounding) melody that will sound good on a piezo buzzer. To hear what a piezo buzzer sounds like, click here. Once you come up with your melody send it to Contact@OwletCare.com in whatever file format you like.
A Little Family Fun:
I wanted to share this little video my wife and I made. It was a lot of fun to go out every Sunday and explore until we found a place to take a picture. I have been a dad for just a few weeks now and as many of you know, it is the most rewarding experience we are blessed with in this life. Where ever you are on your journey of building a family, I hope this video inspires or reminds you to find joy in that journey every step of the way.
 

Author Info

Jordan Monroe

Jordan is a co-founder and lead experience designer at Owlet. He is the proud parent of a smiley little boy named James and a 5 lb. chorkie named Marley. Part scientist-part dreamer, Jordan loves working on making the Owlet Vision a reality (I promise they didn't pay me to say that).

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The Smart Sock comfortably wraps around your baby’s foot to track heart rate and oxygen levels using clinically-proven pulse oximetry. The base station glows green to let you know everything is okay but will notify with lights and sounds if something appears to be wrong.

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Julie Deason

I sent an email on 1/8 but no reply as of yet. It was about testing your product alongside a medical grade monitor that our daughter has. She was born 16 weeks early last January. She has been off of oxygen for almost two weeks now, but we will continue to monitor her oxygen for quite some time. We think you have a wonderful product. If you would be interested in us testing your product and comparing it to her medical monitor, please contact us. I have provided a different email address here, as it is the one I access from my phone.

Thank you,

Julie

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Team Owlet

Hey Julie,

Sorry we haven’t responded. Did you send the email to testing@owletcare.com? If so, we are waiting to select testers before responding. You should get an email soon.

I will talk to Jake to see if there is any new information.

We truly hope we can help.

Best,

Westin

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Gail

Do you have a release date in mind? My husband and I have unfortunately lost a child to SIDS so your product is of special interest to us. We’re expecting another baby in June, and I’m hoping there stands a good chance that the product may be available before then? Thank you so much!

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Team Owlet

Hi Gail,

Sorry for missing your comment.

Thank you for your interest in the Owlet Baby Monitor.

To answer your question, we do not have an exact shipping date at this time.  Over the next few months we will finish up testing and a begin manufacturing. We would hope to begin shipping sometime around April.

As parents ourselves, we know how much this product means to you, and we are working hard to provide a quality product and valuable insight for you and your child.  We know that waiting can be frustrating, and we greatly appreciate your support as we work through the final stages of development. Sign up for our email list or check our blog to get the inside scoop as the product develops. 

Please let us know how we can best meet your needs.  Thank you again. 

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Christian Weber

Dear Owlet Baby Care CO,,

I am a sophomore student at Princeton, currently enrolled in an entrepreneurship class. For our final project, my group and I must choose a start-up and write an investment memorandum for said start-up, before defending it in front of our professors in a mock funding pitch. We believe your company offers the greatest opportunity for our project, as the Owlet Smart Sock both creates real value, offers a new and unique product, and targets a sizable market.

In order to use your company for our proposal, we would have to ask you a few questions about your business model, projected market size, share of the market, rounds of funding, etc. All information shared with us would remain totally confidential, and we would be happy to send you a copy of our completed investment memorandum. Would you be willing to answer a few of our questions via another medium of communication (whichever medium(s) is (are) most convenient to you)? We understand that as a start-up your time is valuable and we will be concise in our questions. I have already emailed the contact email on your website but received a canned response.

Thank you for considering us,
Christian Weber
Group D, EGR 201
Princeton University

P.S. I first encountered your company because I had a very similar idea for a vitals monitor for infants, and decided to research products to see whether or not one existed. I lost my older brother to SIDS and think the work you guys are doing is awesome.

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Team Owlet

Thanks for reaching out. We got your Facebook message and responded there. Please let us know how we can help.