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This high-tech hat is saving babies in Uganda

It started with a desire to help the world's most vulnerable babies.

Sona Shah and Teresa Cauvel, two biomedical engineering students at Columbia University, knew that babies born with complications face long odds of survival in countries where medical staff and equipment are in short supply.

They wanted to help. So they created Neopenda, a tiny vital signs monitor disguised as a baby hat. The device wirelessly transmits data to a centralized app, allowing a single nurse to monitor multiple newborns at once.

In understaffed hospitals all over the world, Neopenda could be a literal lifesaver. 

Sona and Teresa are currently raising funds to launch a pilot program in Uganda. Watch the video above to hear their story, then click here to learn more.