This incubator system was designed to alleviate some of the stress and pain felt by parents with new babies in the hospital. The Hopen Project, an organization based in France that uses engineering to create social change, developed a webcam that can be fitted to hospital incubators, allowing parents to keep an eye on their babies if they need to leave the hospital.
The Hopen Project partnered with French charity Aquitaine Destination on the Cordon Numerique incubator system. The video is viewable on smartphones, computers and tablet devices. Bordeaux's Pellegrin University Hospital has 16 such cameras installed in their neonatal department. The infrastructure also benefits hospital staff, who are able to see the 16 feeds in one touchscreen.