Can This Necklace Help More Kids Get Vaccinated?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It looks like a normal necklace. Just a small, clear plastic droplet dangling from a thick black thread.

It’s actually a tiny digital health record, able to track a baby’s immunizations in locations where recorded medical histories are patchy at best.

Called Khushi Baby, the necklace is one of two winners in the Wearables for Good competition put on by UNICEF, Frog design and chip-maker ARM (ARMH, Tech30). Launched in early 2015, the contest looks for wearable tech that can help mothers and children in developing countries.

Wearables are usually thought of as sleek fitness trackers or pricey smart watches.

UNICEF wanted to find new uses for the tech that could help save lives. Submissions for the contest needed to be low cost, rugged, low power and scalable.

The Khushi Baby necklace is already being tested with 300 children in villages in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Source: CNN (link opens in a new window)

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