Introducing the ‘motor assessment of infants jumpsuit’ (MAIJU), it looks exactly like typical baby clothing, but there is a crucial difference – it is full of sensors which assess child development. It’s a romper suit being piloted in Helsinki, Copenhagen and Pisa.
“MAIJU offers the first of its kind quantitative assessment of infant’s motor abilities through the age from supine lying to fluent walking,” explains Professor Sampsa Vanhatalo, project lead at the University of Helsinki. “Such quantitation has not been possible anywhere, not even in hospitals. Here, we are bringing the solution to homes, which provides the only ecologically relevant context for motor assessment.”