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The Maker of the Sense-U Baby Monitor is being Sued for Duplicating an Award-Winning MonBaby Monitor

Modern parents are utilizing technology to keep their babies safe with gadgets like the Sense U baby monitor. While the idea of using baby monitors to hear or see a sleeping baby is not new, clipping onto the clothing of your little one a wearable baby monitor that proactively tracks breathing, rollovers, and other similar events is a fairly recent concept that has gained popularity with safety-conscious parents. But the Sense U baby monitor is not the first product that measures these things. In fact, the product’s Snap-On design is a duplicate of the award-winning product of the MonBaby Smart Button Breathing and Movement Monitor released several years prior to the Sense U baby monitor.

The Sense U Baby Monitor
LEDO Network, Inc., a U.S. startup with direct ties to China, offers several wearable products online, their baby products including the Sense U baby monitor that clips onto baby’s clothing and a Smart Baby Sleeping Bag. These products are suitable for newborns and any babies that would benefit from breathing monitoring. To use the Sense U baby monitor, parents download a free smartphone app that connects via Bluetooth to both apple and android devices, and once paired, claims to alert parents about the following events: baby’s breathing movements and rollover during sleep

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Sense U product receives mixed reviews
In reading comments from customers who have purchased the Sense U baby monitor, it seems that the Sense U product receives mixed reviews. Many users report having trouble tracking baby’s breathing, arguably the chief reason for purchasing such a device. In several reviews, either the Sense U baby monitor didn’t register baby’s breathing movements at all, or it sent false alarms to panicked parents who discovered their baby is breathing just fine. On the app, users don’t have the option to silence the alarm, so it continues to sound until the monitor registers breathing movements once again, which woke parents up repeatedly during the night according to one review. Baby’s clothing must be just right for the breathing feature to work properly, and that also seemed to create some frustration for parents in the Sense U baby monitor product reviews. Some users had a difficult time syncing the smartphone to the device and/or had repeated disconnections when leaving baby’s room.

Not the first of its kind
It’s interesting for consumers who are searching for a proactive baby monitor to note that the Sense U baby monitor is not the first baby monitor designed to be worn on baby’s clothing as a Snap-On button, a blatant indication that the design was simply copied. There are many other companies which have developed a wearable baby monitor that has the capacity to detect baby’s physiological processes such as movement, heart rate, and pulse oximetry - but only one with a clip-on button. When comparing the two devices side by side, one can clearly see why a patent infringement case was filed by MonDevices, a company that created the wearable MonBaby monitor.

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Patent litigation underway
Initially, Sense U was provided written notice of the patent infringement as early as October of 2017 yet continued to manufacture and sell their product. MonDevices filed a claim through the district court in December of 2017. MonDevices seeks a judgment declaring Sense U is infringing on their patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,750,456 entitled “Method and System of Attachment and Detection of Attachment of a Wearable Sensor to Clothing Material”. The patent specifies a wearable sensor that clips into an outer casing with an article of clothing positioned between, allowing a portion of the sensor to be adjacent to baby’s skin. The Sense U baby monitor follows this idea exactly, with the sensor and its outer casing meant to be clipped directly onto baby’s clothing. It appears that there is nothing noteworthy about the Sense U product as it seems that it simply is marketing a borrowed idea. Litigation continues on this case to present.

The Takeaway
The Sense U baby monitor appears to be a copycat product of the original. Sense U Chinese manufacturers grabbed a good idea of monitoring breathing but a cheap copy does not have the same quality. Consumers who are considering the purchase of a proactive baby monitoring should ask themselves if they would buy a fake Chinese IPhone in lieu of the original? It is doubtful that people would. Parents seeking a device that will track and inform them about the health status of their baby should do their research first and be wary of fakes and copies.


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