Digital Womb

Digital Womb

Premature infants need to focus their energy on growing and developing.  Growth and development are best when the infants can sleep and have maximum opportunities for “kangaroo care” (when the infant is placed in skin to skin contact with their mother).   Anything that distracts them from those activities can lead to long term developmental issues. However, in order to keep them healthy, there are a number of vital signs, measurements, and activity monitoring that has to take place… many of which involve waking, prodding, pricking, or affixing sensors to them.

The goal of the Digital Womb mission is to help these infants to grow and develop by creating sensors to monitor without touching them. With this data new parameters and new insights can be developed to improve the care neonatologists can give. This will extend beyond the walls of the hospital, with dashboards for the family to check in on their new loved one even when they can’t be with them.

Key demonstrations and milestones:

  • June : Digital Womb Hackathon: In the first-ever Forge Hackathon, we hosted customers from GE’s Maternal Infant Care group, and over 50 researchers from across all technology domains at GE Research to come up with ideas and prototypes for what a novel incubator and contactless sensing could look like. This led to the start of the Digital Womb mission and its key initial areas of focus.
  • October : Initial system testing:  A prototype system of the smart mattress and video analytics was tested on healthy adult volunteers.  The current prototype integrates new sensors for integration with the incubator mattress and video analytics.
  • December: Developmental monitoring platform demo.  The team created a demonstration mockup of a platform to integrate the monitoring data in the NICU and develop parameters.  This demonstration is used to gather voice of the customer input from neonatologists at conferences and visits as we develop the system.

Project Roadmap

The Digital Womb team is focused on capturing as many significant vital signs and key activity indicators as they can without making negative contact with a premature baby. This includes video analytics, novel environmental sensing (such as a smart mattress), and algorithms that integrate across all to develop new monitoring parameters.

  1. Jun 2018

    Digital Womb Hackathon

  2. Smart mattress & video analytics testing

    Oct 2018

  3. Dec 2018

    Developmental monitoring platform demo

  • Our Expertise

    Capabilities utilized for Digital Womb project

  • Software Development

    Innovative software solutions in alignment with Agile & FastWorks principles helping businesses transform

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  • Embedded Computing

    Integrating computation with physical processes

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  • Microelectronics

    Developing solutions for advanced imaging applications, sensing systems for industrial and aeronautical applications, and embedded electronic systems

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  • Microfabrication

    Constructing small structures on a micrometre scale in a 28,000 sq. ft. class 100/1000 facility containing over 200 semiconductor processing equipment

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  • Computer Vision

    Performing fundamental and applied research to mimic human visualization and interpretation

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