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By: Sidney Stevens on April 16, 2015, 1:12 p.m.
Jacob Colvin, creator of Owlet Baby Monitor, with his wife Amy and their kids

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Owlet Baby Monitor

Every parent of an infant worries after the lights go out. Is my bundle of joy sleeping peacefully or in distress? Such fears aren't unfounded given the 2,500 cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) reported in the U.S. each year. A new wireless baby monitor developed by Brigham Young University student Jacob Colvin and a team of student innovators (many of them also parents) helps ease those fears. The Owlet monitor is a nontoxic, hypoallergenic "smart sock" worn on a baby's foot during sleep that uses non-invasive pulse oximetry to track heart rate and blood-oxygen levels. Parents can check vital signs on a smartphone app, and the system sends an alert when there's a problem.