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Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet

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A Baby Wearing a Smart Diaper

A new disposable, affordable smart diaper embedded with an RFID tag is designed by MIT researchers to sense and communicate wetness to a nearby RFID reader, which in turn can wirelessly send a notification to a caregiver that its time for a change.

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a "smart" diaper equipped with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. When the sensor detects dampness in the diaper, it sends a signal to a nearby receiver, which then sends a notification to a smartphone or a computer.

The sensor is made up of a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that is placed below a layer of super absorbent hydrogel. When the hydrogel is wet, the material expands and becomes slightly conductive, which triggers the RFID tag to send a radio signal to an RFID reader up to one meter away.

The team estimates that the sensor costs less than two cents to manufacture, making it a low-cost, disposable alternative to other smart diaper technology.

From MIT News 
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