This Chinese dad wants to get you pregnant
There are so many products on the market to cater for worried parents.
Most of them claim to solve real world problems, but the time it takes for most things to go from concept to mass market rollout is so enormous that often the solution can be very watered down by the time it reaches our living rooms.
Not only that, but often it's the marketing team's job to make us worry about something we didn't even know about before in order to shift more units of something kinda useless (toddler kneepads - I'm looking at you).
Of course there is a huge amount of value in the testing processes these products go through along the way (particularly when it comes to the safety of children) but let's be honest, not everything needs a sign like this
One way that super innovative new products are starting to find an audience is through crowd funding.
As someone who recently raised over $20,000 via Kickstarter, I can confidently say there are lots of amazing benefits to crowd funding, but in my opinion some of the most important benefits are less tangible than cash or getting written about on Tech Crunch.
1) Testing out your idea in the real world
Too many people have 'great ideas'. However not only do most of them never see the light of day, but those that do rarely get seen by the people who are most likely to want them.
2) Developing a community around your concept
This one is incredibly powerful, and it's the key to taking your idea through the 3 stages of Insane Idea > Successful Campaign > World Domination
It's with all this in mind that I recently connected with a young Chinese dad named Yunlong Tian.
Yunlong is the inventor of the iLece, a tiny piece of smart hardware which monitors Basal body temperature and then sends that information directly to a simple app on your phone.
According to his crowd funding campaign, this device has two enormous benefits for parents:
1) To better predict ovulation by using the same technology developed to monitor child temperature.
and (for those who are already lucky enough to have children)
2) For parents with a sick little baby (and let's be honest - that's all of us at some point!) iLece will automatically alert you via the app if your baby's temperature goes outside the normal range.
So there's two massive claims from an unknown developer dad from China that I had to learn more about... Firstly to find out if any of it was true, and also to high five another digital dad using ingenious technology to create cheap and accessible solutions for modern parents!
INTERVIEW WITH THE INVENTOR
Tell us a little bit about your family and how you became a dad
We are a family of three. I am the only person working at the moment. My wife is a full time housewife and she takes care of the child and the housework. Sometimes when my things get a little out of control, my wife will come help out.
At first, I wasn’t expecting the arrival of our child. I thought I did not have the attributes needed to become a father. However, looking at how I am doing now, I think I am doing an okay job!
What is it like being a dad in China right now?
Being a father in China means that you are taking on the responsibilities to take care of the whole family, to ensure your family is safe and healthy and to provide the best learning and living environment for the next generation.
How do you think being a father in China differs to anywhere else in the world?
I think fathers across the world have similar roles and responsibilities. In China, besides providing the best for your children, you also need to take care of your parents.
4、Is it acceptable to stay home and spend time with your children instead of working?
Absolutely no. My wife is currently taking care of my child and I feel that I need to share the work with her. The way I see as sharing her work is to give them a stress-free life. That is why I need to work hard in what I am currently doing.
What do you most enjoy about being a dad?
As a father, to see your child grow up happily and healthily is most enjoyable.
What is the hardest part of being a father for you?
I find that the most difficult part of being a father is finding the correct way to educate your child and to deliver the correct message. I preferred not to be an authoritative father. I don't want to yell at my kids or be that kind of dad. I much prefer to reason things out with my child when I can.
What are you most afraid of as a dad?
When my child gets sick, it frightens me a lot.
What are you most excited about?
There was an incidence where my three-year old child was able to recite a rather complicated piece of writing to the elderly women sitting next to us. I was really amazed by his ability and intelligence.
How did you come up with the idea for iLece?
When my baby gets sick, my wife and I need to take turns monitoring the baby’s temperature. I am usually the one taking on the night shifts. I tried making gadgets such as detectors and thermometers trying to better monitor my baby’s temperatures.
With years of research and experiment, that is how I came up with the idea of iLece.
Why did you call it that? What does Lece mean to you?
为什么你会称它为iLece呢？iLece是什么意思呢？有特别意义吗？ 汉语拼音“乐测”的全拼加字母"i"。乐测，让测量变得有乐趣。我觉得健康快乐是高质量生活的基础，也是我们希望带给用户的服务。 乐测是我揣心里了很久的一个名字，因为我的专业就是做一些测量的设备，包括域名ilece.com。至少揣了三四年。我想有一天我会创业，就会用这个名字。
Lece came from the chinese pinyin of the actual Chinese characters. Le means happiness and Ce means monitoring. Together the meaning of Lece is to bring happiness for parents who need to monitor their child’s temperature. I came up with this name 3 to 4 years ago and since then I was determined to use that name if I ever started my own business.
What does your partner think about the project?
She thinks this is a brilliant idea as some of them share the pain of getting up at night checking their children’s temperature.
Who do you think will benefit the most from this device?
The benefit of this device is to allow parents to monitor their children’s temperature without disturbing the child. Parents no longer need to monitor their child’s temperature as any deviations from the normal range will alert the parents through their smartphone.
Are you worried about making any big marketing promises about increasing fertility rates with the iLece?
I am not worried as I am confident in the efficiency of my product. What comes to my concern is whether or not the person using it continues measuring everyday. Skipping measurements will lead to inaccuracy of the calculation of the fertility rate.
What kind of testing did you do before launch?
Mainly reliable tests. (We kinda struggled with the translation on this answer - apologies to those as interested as we were)
What is your ambition for this project?
I am hoping that more people around the world can learn about and try iLece. I am sure parents around the world will find it useful.
Where would you love to see this device in 5 years?
I am planning to take this project to the next level by switching the focus from the technology to the hardware development. My team and I will continue to work towards the development of other health products. I am also in support of the health book program, in which I welcome people who have ideas relating to health improvements.