NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleep technology startup Nanit, the company behind the most advanced smart baby monitor and sleep tracker ever developed for the nursery, has been named to Fast Company's prestigious annual list of the World's Most Innovative Companies for 2019. The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today's volatile world.
Nanit, which appears as number seven in the Data Science category, has revolutionized the connected nursery category with its complete monitoring solution. The company uses computer vision technology, machine learning and an HD bird's-eye view camera to help sleep-deprived parents track and understand their baby's sleep patterns and breathing motion. Nanit is the first smart monitor to merge computer vision with data-backed sleep science, to produce the most advanced and secure camera technology ever introduced to the home.
"We started Nanit 5 years ago to give parents real insights into how their little ones were sleeping, using research I had studied while earning my PhD," said Dr. Assaf Glazer, co-founder & CEO of Nanit. "To be picked by Fast Company as one of the world's most innovative companies is certainly a source of pride, and knowing how much our technology will help parents and doctors track their children's well-being by providing data that has never before been possible is what drives me to continue to build our sleep solution."
As smart products progress to mass adoption, companies must ensure that the "smart" continues to evolve as much as the technology. Nanit is doing exactly that, in the smart nursery space. Merging advanced computer vision with proven sleep science technologies, Nanit provides the most in-depth data available for helping babies, and parents, sleep well in those crucial early months and years of a baby's development. The introduction of Nanit's monitoring system marks the first-time computer vision of this caliber has moved beyond military use or weather forecasting, and been implemented in a consumer product.
"The Nanit team takes such an innovative approach in creating products and services that help both babies and parents," said newly-announced Nanit President, Sarah Dorsett. "It is so inspiring to see modern technology used in such a positive way, and as a parent myself, I'm excited to be part of building Nanit's future."
Nanit's technology is expandable to the greater population as well, since tracking and understanding sleep patterns and anomalies can lead to early detection of other disease states like sleep apnea, seizures, autism and more. Nanit has ongoing partnerships with major universities and institutions including Technion, Weill-Cornell, Flinders University, Hospital for Special Surgery, Ben-Gurion University and the City University of New York to study the effects of infant sleep on the overall health of a baby and their family. All of these initiatives aid Nanit in achieving the company's primary mission: to help babies, parents and families sleep better.
The World's Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company's signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.
Nanit joins the list of global tech innovators including Apple, Intel, Shopify and Stitch Fix. Read more about this year's honorees in Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2019) online at https://www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as on newsstands beginning February 27th.
ABOUT NANIT Founded in New York City by a tight-knit team of scientists, parents, engineers and designers, Nanit's mission is to use technology, science and data to create innovative products that are safer and smarter, for parents and babies everywhere. Nanit combines computer vision, machine learning and advanced camera sensors that measure a baby's sleep cycle and breathing motion, to provide actionable insights that lead to healthier, improved sleep for the baby and the entire family.
Since launching in 2016, Nanit has tracked over 16 million hours of sleep, 3 million parental visits, and over 2 million morning wakeups. As a result, 94% of Nanit customers state that they have benefited from more sleep, since using the Nanit Plus Sleep System. Nanit's award-winning products are available at national retailers in the U.S. and Canada including buybuy BABY, Best Buy, Crate & Kids, Babies "R" Us Canada, Pottery Barn Kids, Amazon, and on Nanit.com. For more information, please visit www.nanit.com or follow @getnanit on Facebook/Twitter and @get_nanit on Instagram.
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