Sproutling Baby Monitor Digital Design is a combination of a mobile application and physical interface that takes the guesswork out of parenting to help keep parents focused on the moment.
Designed so parents can stay away from it, Sproutling provides a depth of information with just a glance. Clear, friendly yet meaningful iconography and bright color works in unison to distill data gathered from Sproutling's bevy of sensors into actionable insights and foresights into the life of your little one. 'Glanceable UI' provides simple, colored alerts that are mirrored from app to the smart charger in the baby's room.
Sproutling answers the big questions that parents have with simple cues, letting parents focus on the moment. Bonus: everyone sleeps soundly.
Gadi Amit, Nic Stauber, Susan McKinney, Helen Shaffer, Turner Carroll, Reid Evans
Sproutling is a wearable/ environment monitor operating in the sensitive area of technology in the nursery. It transmits 16 measurements per second — everything from the baby's heartbeat and body position to how noisy the room is – creating more than 1,000 data points each minute.
To make Sproutling sing, we had to find the harmony between electronics, interface & babies.
The interface would need to inform parents of their baby's well being at a glance, keeping the focus on precious moments with the child, while deflecting the powerful urge to constantly monitor anxiety-inducing changes in data. We had to build in appropriate layers of interaction that could provide deep insights, calendars, graphs, and could be used by parents with up to 4 children. Finally, designing the experience concurrently with the physical form of the device, we had to decide where the interface should live and what that experience would be. Should it be only on the band, on the base station or only app based?
Our solution for Sproutling was designed so that parents could stay away from it, providing a highly meaningful level of information with just a glance. Data gathered from Sproutling's bevy of sensors is smartly distilled into a clear, yet playful interface - creating a parenting experience that suits the lifestyle of today's parents.
Icons show parents how their baby is sleeping, how they are resting, and even what mood they'll wake up in, giving parents a new level of insight into their baby's well being. A color palette and overall tonality that is more mid-century than nursery suits the lifestyle of contemporary parents and reinforces Sproutling's family first attitude.
Bright colors are used for notifications, green when your baby is sleeping, yellow if there is a system issue and red if there is an immediate issue – i.e. your child rolled over. This color notification feature is mirrored across digital & physical experience using illumination. No need for parents to constantly check their phone. They can simply glance at the base station to see if their child is resting soundly. A 2nd base station in the bedroom serves as an ambient signal of how their little one is doing. Further harmony between the Digital App and the Physical base station is achieved through the use of circular dished forms on both.
The system combines to make the first parenting technology of its kind: a smart baby monitor that can predict certain physiological milestones, such as teething, and give parents customized sleep and environment recommendations.
Sproutling's Digital Design is defined by restraint. Technology is not inserted between the parent and child, but rather serves as an aid to the contemporary parent. Notifications and vivid alerts tell parents actions to take to help their little ones sleep soundly in plainspoken language.
By artfully mixing technology into the parenting equation, Sproutling helps first time parents feel like seasoned pros.
We loved it because I felt like it solved a lot of the user problems, if you will, of being a new parent.
We also loved the fact that the UI for it was very, very simple so you could look at the app in a glance and get the information that you needed to know...All in all we felt it was really designed with new parents in mind and it met those needs very well.