A friend recently emailed me one of those jokes that do the rounds – it was all about ‘You know you are living in 2010 when…’ and then listed all sorts of things that are common but not necessarily sensible in our modern life, such as having fifteen phone numbers to reach your family of three. So whilst I was obsessing over whether it was really all that wrong to check your emails first thing in the morning before making coffee, the Kickbee landed in my inbox. The Kickbee is a device that updates Twitter when a baby kicks its mother from in the womb. No, I’m not joking.
The Kickbee is a stretchable band worn by a pregnant mother. Vibration sensors are attached directly to the band and are triggered by movement underneath. Movements are then transmitted wirelessly to a computer running a custom application and a message, such as ‘I kicked Mum!’, is posted on Twitter for family, friends and anyone else to share.
It’s no secret that I love my Twitter account but I’m not so sure about the need to tweet in utero. Word of advice to pregnant mums – the Kickbee is not on the ‘essentials’ list.
(via Baby Gadget)