One of the things you’re never quite prepared for bringing a new baby home is the constant terror they’ll stop breathing in the middle of the night and you won’t know until it’s too late (oh, and the fear someone will drop them down the stairs, but that’s a story for another time).
Blogger and hacker Gjoci decided to confront uncertainty head-on and take matters into his own very capable hands by building a breath detector that sends off a fire alarm-like bell if the slight motions associated with baby breathing suddenly stop.
Gjico mounted three lasers that triangulate into the crib over his baby’s chest, which give the contraption a slightly unnerving feel, as it looks like a Predator is hunting your child, which most parents understand to be patently unsafe. As she breathes, the positions of the lights change ever so slightly, and that motion is sensed by a camera harvested from a Wiimote. A simple program asks the camera every couple of milliseconds whether the lights are still moving. If they are, no problem!
That’s one smart daddy that will someday have a teenager who isn’t going to be able to get away with ANYTHING.
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