Invented by a New York University college student for his wife's pregnancy, the Kickbee uses Twitter to let the father -- or anyone else -- know when the fetus is active in the womb, when it starts to kick.
The Kickbee is essentially a belly/fetal kick monitor that a pregnant woman wears in her last trimester. When the baby kicks, Mom's belly moves, and the sensors send a remote message to a computer, which sends the Twitter message, "I Kicked Mommy at (time of message)" to Dad, or anyone linked to that Twitter account.
The Kickbee is currently in prototype form. However, you may be able to pick one up soon, inventor Corey Menscher said on "The Early Show" Friday, because the patent is pending and he's working to make the product public.
But is the monitor safe?
The device uses a transreceiver, Menscher explained, with a very low-power radio. It's located, he said, on the back of the mother, and it transmits a signal that's much less than a cell phone or computer would.
Menscher, who designed the Kickbee for an NYU graduate school project, created the monitor while his wife Ellen was pregnant with their first child, Tyler. Menscher said he made the device so he could feel closer to the baby and pregnancy experience.
Menscher's son was born in January 2009, thus ending his Twitter womb feeds, but the monitor is getting steam from interested moms-to-be, such as Stephanie Saleton. She tried out the prototype during her seventh month of pregnancy, and loved sharing the experience her husband.
Saleton said on "The Early Show" the Kickbee is "very exciting." She said the device is a welcome alternative to telling your husband the baby kicked, then having him come over and miss it.
She said, "My husband gets a text and says, 'Oh, my God, the baby kicked'... This way, he catches them all, and he can really participate in my pregnancy. I love that."