Jessica and I wanted to update folks on a new project we're involved in. We were contacted by Duke University Pediatric Research Institute (a friend of my father's works there) about participating in a 12-month study involving child motion and development. Apparently they read our blog and dig it and us. Over the past month we've participated in a number of conference calls via Skype with some of the doctors and researchers in North Carolina. Long story short, here's the basic question their study is hoping to better understand:
How do babies (twins in our case) see the world and how does that influence their development?
Last week Amber Cardona, a nice (and brainy) doctorial student from Duke, flew out and equipped us with a hoard of technology they're using for the study. Both Netta and Bailey now have small cameras and sensitive microphones strapped (gently) to their heads 24/7 (except for bathing). They told us many times that, while at first annoying, the babies will get used to them and eventually not even notice them.
The study officially begins May 1st and will document how they see the world, what sounds interest them, how they react with us, etc. I'm a little nervous about exposing the times Jess and I are grouchy or not-so-good parents. But, we're biting the bullet and just going to do it. Part of the inventive is a hefty paycheck we'll get at the end of the study.
Anyway, we've been experimenting with the cameras and wanted to share a few of the early videos here. the quality isn't great but it works well enough I think.
Wish us luck!