Khushi Baby is a wearable chip for babies and has been designed by undergraduates at Yale University. Khushi in Hindi stands for Happiness and as the name suggests, Khushi Baby is delivering happiness to mothers in India by helping them keep a track of their child’s next vaccination.
A child’s immunisation data is stored on a small near-field communication chip (a short range communication for wireless transfer of information) in a Khushi Baby necklace, which is worn by the child in question. The chip keeps track of the child's vaccinations and the information is transferred to the cloud server by a health care worker that has the pre-installed App on their phone. The cloud storage provides officials with highly specific and up-to-date data of an area, allowing them to monitor health facility needs and take immediate action during an outbreak of disease.
Combining technology with tradition, Khushi Baby hangs on a black thread as a pendant. Black thread is considered a symbol of good health and fortune. The inexpensive 1 USD waterproof computer chips replace the old paper health card system. Khushi Baby has partnered with a grassroots NGO, Seva Mandir to distribute the smart pendants to children in India.
The Khushi Baby project won Yale's 2014 Thorne Prize, which comes with a cash prize of 25,000 USD, for Social Innovation in Health earlier last year. The team also raised 31,500 USD thanks to their Kickstarter campaign, which ended on Decmber 13, 2014. They are now all set to roll out their pilot projects this year, aiming to provide a necklace to the 4,000 kids being vaccinated by Seva Mandir’s health workers each year.