Interview with Ben MacNeill creator of The Trixie Tracker
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Where did you get the idea to start recording Trixie's baby telemetry? Why did you keep it up after the initial few weeks?
There was a period there when you and Trixie were all over the news including a piece on MSNBC. I'm sure public reactions ran the gamut. What has been the general reaction to the the site and data gathering? What does your family think about it all?
What was the most surprising thing you learned from recording Trixie telemetry for so many months?
Who is the Trixie Tracker for? Is there a typical Trixie Tracker parent?
BM: Initially I thought it would be first time parents with newborns. However, there's been a strong reaction from parents who are expecting their 2nd or 3rd child and want to Trixie Track this time around.
What are the benefits of recording such detailed baby telemetry? Is it just for fun or can using Trixie Tracker actually help parents care for their children? In what ways?
The patterns and averages that show up after a few days of collecting data can be very helpful. Especially Sleep. You can use sleep charting to help manage nap and bedtimes. Many of our users rely on Bottle Telemetry to know if their child is eating enough during the day. And, needless to say, it's useful to have a record of medicine doses and first food exposures too.
Does the data have any long-term application beyond the day-to-day logistics of caring for infants? For example, could data from the Trixie Tracker point to potential health problems down the road?
Are there any social aspects implemented or planned for the site? For example, comparing baby stats with friends?
Has anyone used Trixie Tracker in a way you hadn't anticipated?
Have any daycare providers expressed an interest in using the software as a way to keep working moms and dads updated?
Anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you, Ben. Subscriptions to Trixie Tracker range from $5-$8 per month and can track three children. Trixie Tracker offers a free 2-week trial.