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This article was published on December 12, 2008

Kickbee: The Twitter Fetal Kick Monitor

Kickbee: The Twitter Fetal Kick Monitor
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Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

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Kickbee is a fetal kick detector that tweets every time the baby kicks!  Designed by Corey Menscher, an ITP student, it monitors his pregnant wife’s belly, and sends a tweet whenever the baby kicks.

According to Corey Menscher’s portfolio site:

The Kickbee is a wearable device made of a stretchable band and embedded electronics and sensors. Piezo sensors are attached directly to the band, and transmit voltages when movement underneath is detected. An Arduino Mini transmits the signals to an accompanying Java application wirelessly via Bluetooth. (A SparkFun BlueSMIRF v2 module that communicates serially with a Macbook Pro)

The Java application receives the sensor values and analyzes them. When a kick event is detected, a Twitter message is posted via the Twitter API.