The First Sweaty Thermal Baby Manikin in the US Gets a Baby Shower

Nikki Diefenbach

The first thermal baby manikin in the United States got its very own baby shower this week to welcome it to Central Michigan University. The thermal measurement technology tests insulation of clothing, moisture transfer of clothing, and helps researchers understand what is the ideal temperature where a baby can stay thermally neutral regardless of the surrounding temperature.

The baby, which simulates a nine-month-old, was named Lumi after 400 votes were tallied among students and researchers. Susanne Wroblewski, research lab coordinator at the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology, explains the idea for the baby shower: “We thought this would be a great way to involve the students and faculty and also get external connection with costumers that might need to have thermal testing done on a baby.”

According to Wroblewski, manufacturers and designers will be able to use Lumi to test the thermal properties of garments, baby clothes, diapers, blankets, bedding, car-seat fabrics, baby carriers and strollers. Lumi will create data on how much power is used to maintain body temperature and also simulates sweating. This data translates to insulation value and breathability for clothing.

Lumi, carrying a price tag of $120,000, was developed by Thermetrics and is only the second of its kind in the world. Thermetrics specializes in design of advanced thermal measurement technology. We welcome this baby with the special sweaty powers to the US.

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Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. Why would it be important to measure breathability in baby clothing or bedding?

Q2. How could Lumi be used by the diaper industry, now that cotton diapers are gaining in popularity again?

Q3. What applications could thermal manikins have in other industries?