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Innovation of the week: A high-tech baby-tracker

A soft, washable, and waterproof ankle strap contains sensors that track your baby's heart rate, skin temperature, movement, and noise

Attention, exhausted new parents: Help is on the way, said Margaret Rhodes at Wired. Sproutling aims to improve the basic baby monitor by offering data-driven insight into your baby's sleeping patterns. The company's new gadget — a soft, washable, and waterproof ankle strap — contains sensors that track heart rate, skin temperature, movement, and noise. Sproutling ($299) then alerts parents via smartphone app when the baby starts to rouse or has a fever, and can even predict "when the baby will wake up and what conditions create the best sleeping environment."