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January Update

January 21, 2015

Amazing supporters,

This update is going to be a little bit quick because we have more info coming in a few weeks, but here are the details of what has been going on at Owlet:

1) We finished our 100 unit beta test. Over 40,000 hours of testing!

2) We passed FCC and UL certification testing!

3) We went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The world is just as excited as you are to see Owlet change the world.

4) Want to get an Owlet Monitor right now? When you first become a parent there are SO many new experiences it can feel like you are stumbling through a forest in the dark. We want to help first time parents on this new journey so we are making a collection of the internet’s best/ tear-jerking/ mind-blowing/ inspiring/ funny/ most helpful blog posts and articles about first time pregnancy and parenthood. What are your favorites? What articles or stories gave you strength when you needed it, understanding when you didn’t have any, or a good laugh when you needed it? What stories or pages have you shared the most with a friend? Each favorite article/story/blog post you send us will enter you in to begin beta testing an Owlet Monitor right now until we ship you your very own final production unit.* All you have to do is reply to this email with your articles. That simple, we will draw 3 winners this weekend so reply now and send us your favorites!

 

100 Unit Test

Safety is our top priority so along with our Consumer Safety, UL, and FCC testing we are doing our own set of extensive tests. Our 100 unit beta test wrapped up last month, and was very helpful for us to uncover some issues that we had not seen before. We tested with families all over the United States and on a wide range of skin colors (skin pigmentation effects pulse oximetry, the technology we use in our Smart Sock). We realized that our setup process was confusing, so we’re making adjustments to our manual and app instructions. A bigger issue was Sock to Base Station range problems. The Base Station alerts if for some reason it disconnects from the sock. In our testing, parents were being woken up from our alerts because the Base Station could not reach the sock signal from the baby’s room. We think we have a way to solve this problem and are running one last set of in home testing. We feel confident that on the next update we will be able to commit to a shipping timeline! I know the excitement is overwhelming but sit tight, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Consumer Electronics Show

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas every year it is the largest trade show in the US. We were able to meet with our important partners in manufacturing and supplying components. We also were able to create partnerships with both health and smart home companies. (We can’t talk about them yet but you will be first to know when we can 😉 ) We also had quite a bit of press, Yahoo Tech, IPG Labs, and Yahoo Finance all covered Owlet in the news. The president of the CES convention and his wife came by our booth and were in love with the product! Of all the things we experienced, our favorite was that we got to meet a few dozen of YOU guys. We wish we could meet every one of you in person. Thank you for your constant support and excitement for the product!

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Big event means a lot of meetings which requires a lot of people. Here is most of the team at our booth at CES.

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photo supplied by www.NY1.com

 

*If you win, you will be required to give feedback, take surveys, and give additional information about yourself and give the same info required of other beta testers. You will be asked to ship your beta unit back to us when we send you your final production unit.
** Don’t just blast us random articles, come on quality over quantity.

 

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Little known fact, you can get free tickets to CES 2016 if you register before spring.

 

 

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Throwback to CES 2014 when I got to pitch Owlet to Martha Stewart! (third from the left if you could not tell) Proud to say she loved it. 😉 Man that feels like ages ago. The product, the team, the vision, was totally different from today. For those of you who have been following us since then, thank you so much for your patience.

Well, that is all for this update. We are forever grateful for your support and excited for some big announcements in our next update!

Best,

 

Jordan and Team Owlet.


 

 

 

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).

Products in this Article

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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15 thoughts on “January Update

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Ashley

Owlet,
As a first-time mother in her fifth month of pregnancy, I am excited, worried, humbled, exasperated, and blessed all at once. Your product intrigues me and I hope to utilize it with my own child! I live in an old two-story farmhouse in the country and the Smart Sock would put me at ease. My mom has many stories of my sisters and I growing up, but she loves to share the fact that once I was awake – I wanted out of my crib and was not going to wait for anyone! To the point I crawled out and rolled to the door! She couldn’t figure out what was blocking the door, but it turned out to just be me . Well, cribs have come a long way since then so I hope I won’t have the same experience…but it does show my true grit (or perhaps just impatience) that I hope I can employ in protecting my own children.

Hope to put your product to work this summer,
Ashley

Lacey Pappas

Hi Ashley,

I loved reading your story! As a mom of 2, I can so relate that you can’t always know what your child is up to behind closed doors- especially when they are old enough to climb out- unless you watch guard 24/7! Glad you found us! Keep looking here for product updates. And, congrats on your pregnancy! Lots of amazing things are headed your way!

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Jorge & Jamie

Hello, looks like I’m a little late with this entry, but I thought I’d still post it.

Here is an article that reminds us how blessed we are to have our son with us: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Father-Plays-Blackbird-for-Premature-Baby-Son-in-Last-Hours-of-His-Life-282646191.html

Thanks for your hard work on your product!

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Team Owlet

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Keep us updated 🙂

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Animesh Tandon

Hi Owlet team,
I’m excited to read about the progress of the Owlet device!
I’m a pediatric cardiologist and am interested in the use of wearable devices in my patients. I wanted to see if I could chat with someone about my ideas regarding the use of Owlet devices in infants with complex congenital heart disease.
I would really appreciate the chance to talk about this important project!
Animesh Tandon

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Team Owlet

Hey Animesh,

Thanks for reaching out to us. We would love to talk and see how we can help. Please send me an email at contact@owletcare.com and I will send your info over to our CEO Kurt.

Best,

Westin

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Jorge Dagang

So happy to see a physician interested in the Owlet. I hope neonatologists are looking into your product as well. My son was in the NICU for 4 months and his SpO2 was monitored using a pulse ox machine that required a sensor cord and adhesive strapped around his foot. One less cord to worry about when holding our baby in the hospital would’ve been nice so I hope to see the Owlet used in the NICU’s some day. Plus, those straps around baby’s foot don’t look comfortable.

We now monitor him at home using the same system (medical grade device but for home use). Any parent in the same situation knows how frustrating these devices and sensors are. Best of luck to your team!

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Jorge Dagang

So happy to see a physician interested in the Owlet. I hope neonatologists are looking into using the monitor in NICUs as well. My son was in the NICU for 4 months and his SpO2 was monitored with a pulse ox machine, cord and adhesive sensor strapped around his foot. One less cord to worry about while holding our baby in the hospital would’ve been nice. Plus, the strap around baby’s foot doesn’t look like it is comfortable. So I hope to see the Owlet being used in NICUs one day.

We now monitor our son at home using the same system (medical grade device for home use). Any parent in the same situation knows how frustrating the cords and sensors are. Even if our son no longer needs his saturation monitored, I look forward to your product being sold and shipped. Best of luck to your team!

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Alex

I really hope the boot is better engineered than this website 🙂 For example, in Chrome on Galaxy S4, all the pictures in this blog post are stretched vertically, text takes only about half the screen horizontally and the 2nd level comments are completely unreadable (only the first letter of reach line shows up).

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Team Owlet

Sorry about that, but thanks for letting us know. The mobile version looks like it works on all mobile devices except Samsung and Sony devices. We will look into fixing that.

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Team Owlet

Also, this blog was ‘designed’ in 1 hr. The sock has taken 2 years so far. So it should be at least a little better 😉

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Justine Huffman

Hello,
Here is one of the most heart warming articles I have read recently.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-studenroth-gerson/they-shouldve-warned-me_b_6471948.html

Thanks,
Justine

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Team Owlet

Hey Justine,

Thanks for sharing!

Let us know if you come across any others 🙂

The Owlet Team

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Gerry Burrows

Hi Owlet team,

I’m really happy to see your progress. I actually had ordered your product about 1 and half years ago when I thought it would be ready in time for my second child. While I was disappointed that it wasn’t ready in time, I am happy to see your progress for all new babies to come, including my possible third child. So I am praying for your team to complete this product to save many babies to come and put many parents at ease.

God Bless you All,
Gerry

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Team Owlet

Hey Gerry,

Thanks for your prayers and kind words.

We are excited that we are close to finishing our testing. It will be great to get the monitor out and start helping parents.

It is always great to hear from our supporters!

Best wishes to you and your growing family 🙂

The Owlet Team