Understanding Pulse Oximetry and How Owlet Uses It

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If you’ve ever been to the hospital, you might remember a little clip about the size of a clothespin gripping your finger. That clip is called a pulse oximeter, and it shines a little light through your skin to measure how much light is absorbed by your red blood cells, which varies depending on how much oxygen is bound to them. Simply put, that little clip helped keep track of important information while you were resting up in your hospital bed.

Traditional baby monitors transmit sound from one room to the other, or step up the game to transmit video from your baby’s nursery to your room. We wanted a monitor that did a little more. We trust our eyes and ears, of course, but sometimes sight and sound don’t communicate everything that could be going on with babies.


Enter Owlet. We worked, and built, and tested – just to re-work, re-build, and re-test to make a monitor that uses that amazing hospital technology many of us were familiar with. Pulse oximetry tailored to work in a baby monitor ensures a more complete picture of what is going on with our babies. Is there anything cooler than being able to open up an app and see what’s going on in the news, or the weather, or with your beloved Golden State Warriors? We don’t think so: technology has brought all of our favorite things to our fingertips.

It really makes sense to use technology to make one of the hardest jobs in the world a little easier, doesn’t it?


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