'Hug And Kiss' Baby Ankle Monitor

A Hug and Kiss monitoring system is being used in a Texas hospital to make sure that mothers get the right newborn from the nursery.

The baby wears an ankle monitor, while the mother wears a matched bracelet. When the two are brought together, a lullaby plays.

"If you get the wrong mom and baby together, it's not going to be as pleasant a sound, you're going to know you've not paired the right couple together," Susan Hauser of Baylor Frisco said. "We're very tight on our security, nothing is going to get past these ladies -- you're not going to be able to pull (anything) over their eyes."

The "Hug and Kiss" ankle monitor also keeps the newborn from leaving the floor; elevators will not allow someone carrying the child to leave until discharged.

Philip K. Dick made a very early reference to the idea of a security device that will track your whereabouts; he called it a "tattletale."

"...But if we do let you go, you must agree to carry tattletales with you at all times. Inquire of your attorney Mr. Sharp if that will be acceptable..."
(Read more about PKD's tattletales)

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