Why Google Glass May Be a New Mom’s New BFF
We have some news that’s going to press pause on your head hardware hate. It might even make you say … “OK, Glass, let’s see what else you got.” Here at Brit HQ, we like to find innovative ways that you can actually use the emerging tech you read about on the Internet IRL. When it comes to Glass, we’ve kept an open mind but even with babies on our brain, we didn’t catch this one coming. The seeing eye wearables are the unsuspecting breakout star of an initiative to help new moms navigate one of the oft-frustrating parts of raising baby: breastfeeding.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association joined forces with Melbourne-based tech company Small World to try out different technology in their Breastfeeding Support Project. The goal was to find solutions for women looking for breastfeeding guidance. They kept a couple things in mind: While the old school traditional family unit used to live down the street, and sometimes even in the same home, today’s fams are spread across cities, states and the globe. This means that a new mama may not have her mom or another fairy godmother type to help her through some of the biggest WTF mom moments. And with hospital stays shorter than ever and more focused on the delivery than what to do after, new moms might not have the time to “get it right” before they head home.
The Breastfeeding Support Project trial included five moms, 15 breastfeeding counselors and different types of tech, including Google’s wearable headset. With Glass on, the mothers could see visual step-by-step instructions as they started learning to breastfeed. When they needed to talk to someone, they could securely video call ABA volunteer counselors from anywhere. Once logged on, the counselors could view the mother’s issue through Glass’s camera and provide her immediate suggestions.
The counselors and moms experimented with instant messaging, video chat, Google Hangouts and phone calls. Since Glass is easy to wear, simple to use and an immersive experience that offers a real time view of what’s up, it earned snaps and claps above the others. The ABA and Small World created a voice-activated, hands-free online portal that provided their moms with on-demand breastfeeding help. They could access while wearing and navigating Google Glass or log on to the portal through tablets and computers as well.
In a non-Glass-related observation, it’s also cool to note that the trial found “peer community support is the magic pixie dust of why the volunteer counseling service works so incredibly well.” The women participating in the trial shared their experiences regularly on Google Plus, which organically became its own social hub of advice, discussion, shared resources and support. While Glass is expensive and not crazy accessible right now, we could see a future where new moms could take home similar equipment post-delivery, then pass it along to the next new mom once they were ready. A social network of women going through the same trials, errors and experiences only makes us more excited about the possibilities. Glass, we finally have our eye(s) on you.
Did this news change your mind about Google Glass? New moms, would you use Glass to help you breastfeed? Share your thoughts below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)