When I started this project, I was about to become a dad for the third time. This gives me gives me both, experience and necessity as I experienced the shortcomings of the baby monitors on the market and, now that baby Braden is here, I need to get more sleep!
Before we delve into what whyBaby is, let’s examine the options that currently exist on the market and why they just are not good enough. There exists three categories of monitors: audio monitors, video monitors, and motion monitors. All three preform their duties sufficiently, however, they are poor at handling other tasks. For instance, the motion monitors and video monitors incorporate audio, but the quality is sub-par, and the simple audio monitors only handle one task. Another problem with these systems is that they are active devices that require constant monitoring. There is very valuable information that can be obtained passively.
whyBaby is an attempt to rectify the issues that plague the existing monitors while employing passive data collection to help better understand baby’s preferred sleeping environment.
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