We’ve completed our first round of trials and in-home tests. Things are looking good so we’re ordering our first Beta units (200) this month!
We spent the last month testing the Owlet Monitor in homes to validate our hardware design and flushing out firmware bugs. Initially, when we started testing, we found more issues with the firmware than we expected.
We also found an issue with our pulse oximetry when an infant have very very irregular vitals signs (O2 levels in the low 80’s and 70’s) Sean, our firmware engineer, believes he has a solution for the problem, and we’ve implemented the changes, which allows us to gear up for our next round of testing.
Overall, the product is moving forward. Most of the firmware bugs are solved, and our hardware designs have now been validated! These are big steps that will allow us to start beta testing in October!
Jake is Head of Testing at Owlet. He dedicates 100% of his time testing our devices on infants. Here he is in the NICU on our first tests with twins.
Do you know anyone who is tech-savvy and has a baby under 12 months that would make a good Beta tester? We’re looking for people who will dive into the product and find as many bugs and issues as possible. If so please fill out this form.
This week we had our first full-system, live-on-baby over-night testing. Three of us from the office took the device home to put on our 5-, 4-, and 2 month old babies (there are a lot of babies being born at Owlet). The two other dads had a long night, full of false alarms and connectivity bugs. I, however, had an amazing experience where the product worked great on my child all night, and into the next day! We documented this historic moment and wanted to share with you our excitement around this glimmer of light, or “movement of a boulder” as I explain in the video. We have been through a lot of rough patches here at Owlet, but excitement is at an all time high as we move into this next phase of perfecting the product.
I hope you enjoy this quick little video update:
With a product like ours, it is a long journey from functioning prototype to a scalable product, especially where safety and reliability are such important factors. However, if you’ve been following our updates, you’ll notice we are moving quickly. As we move forward, we will continue to keep you informed every step of the way.
In elementary school, did you ever have a group project where you divided up the work and then when you came back together your project kinda looked like Frankenstein? Well, it happened to me as a kid, and here at Owlet we had no choice but to build our app, new electronics, new Base Station, and set up the Owlet Cloud all separately, and then come together and see if we had “created a monster” or not. The picture below was our moment of truth.
This is the moment that we wheeled our creation down from the rooftop and lightning storm to see what we had created. The results……. were…….. AMAZING!!! This picture might not seem that amazing to the untrained eye so let me break it down:
The visuals for our app have been completed. The final coding will be done within the next couple weeks.
After 200+ hours of overnight testing with parents, we have finally narrowed in on the ‘sock’ design. This design stayed on overnight and also allows accurate sensor placement.
We finished the firmware and hardware debugging of our “relay station”. As you can see it took a whole box of brownies, noise canceling headphones, and a quadrocopter for decompression. At Owlet we know how do help our firmware guys get in the zone.