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Pampers launches a ‘smart diaper’ that tracks sleep and pee

The smart diaper wars have truly begun. Today, Pampers unveiled Lumi, an all-in-one connected system that includes two activity sensors for diapers, a Logitech camera fashioned into a Wi-Fi baby monitor and an app that wraps everything together. It follows Huggies adoption of the Monit smart diaper sensor in Korea. But Pampers, perhaps aware that a smart diaper alone isn’t enough to entice consumers, is aiming for something a bit more expansive. The Lumi system is meant to make an infant’s first year easier for parents by delivering as much data as possible.

In addition to just telling you when a diaper is wet, Pampers’ activity sensors can also track your baby’s sleep, something that I’ve always found tough to do manually. Lumi builds on the company’s popular Swaddler line — the sensor keeps an eye on the blue wetness strip outside of the diaper to determine how soaked it is. Unfortunately, you’ll need to buy Lumi-optimized version of the diapers to use the sensor, as they have larger and more visible wetness strips. That’s a shame, since part of the appeal of other smart diaper sensors, like the Monit, is that they can be attached to any type of diaper. Pampers sensor also can’t detect dirty diapers, so you’ll still have to rely on the tried and true sniff test.