Smart Baby Monitor With Intel Edison And Ubidots


Intel Edison is small enough for wearables. It gives a lot of flexibility to developers through the languages and programming environment it offers and it has integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that makes it ideal for a wearable. Nowadays there are many wearables in the market for different purposes, so why not we make one for babies. With an increase in nuclear families, there is no one to guide the new parents about their newborn baby. They are always worried about their baby regarding his/her health, temperature, environment, etc. Babies need to be monitored 24*7 which is not always possible as in some families both the parents are working, sometimes they have to do lots of household chores and another issue is sleep also hence in these cases parents need a Smart Baby Monitoring System that can help them to keep track on baby’s health and alert them if any irregular activity happens.
Our Smart Baby Monitor will:
  1. Monitor the baby if he is sleeping or playing.
  2. Will notify parents if he is crying.
  3. Monitor the baby’s temperature.
  4. Immediately alerts if it notices abnormal temperature.
  5. Visually representation of data.
  6. Data can be monitored from anywhere.
Figure 1: Requirements
  • Intel Edison Module
  • Arduino expansion board for Edison
  • Analog Microphone
  • Temperature Sensor
  • 16*2 LCD Display
  • Power supply
  • USB cable
  • Jumper wires
Analog Microphone is a simple sound sensor that detects the sound strength of the environment. Here in this project, I am using Grove sensors with a Grove Base Shield. We are going to code in Node.js using Intel XDK IoT Edition.
Making Connections
  1. Connect your Edison to the power supply and to your PC via USB cable.
  2. It will take 15-20 seconds to boot up, after that stack the Grove Base Shield.
  3. Connect the Sound Sensor to analog pin A0.
  4. Connect the temperature sensor to A1.
  5. Connect the LCD Display to one of the I2C port.
  1. Open Intel XDK IoT edition, if it is not already installed in your PC get it from here.
  2. If you have flashed you Edison with the Flash Lite Tool Node.Js will be already installed on your board.
  3. Connect IDE to your Edison board. It will ask you for username and password, the default username is root with no password.
    Connect IDE to your Edison board
    Figure 2: Connect IDE to your Edison board
  4. Select a blank Node.JS template and create a new project.
    Select a blank Node.JS Template
    Figure 3: Select a blank Node.JS Template
Code for the Analog Microphone
  1. function readSoundSensorValue() {  
  2.     var buffer = new upmMicrophone.uint16Array(128);  
  3.     var len = myMic.getSampledWindow(2, 128, buffer);  
  4.     if (len)  
  5.     {  
  6.         var thresh = myMic.findThreshold(threshContext, 30, buffer, len);  
  7.         myMic.printGraph(threshContext);  
  8.         if (thresh)  
  9.             console.log("Threshold is " + thresh);  
  10.         v.saveValue(thresh);  
  11.         if(thresh>50 && thresh<150)  
  12.          showNormalLCD();  
  13.         if(thresh>=150)  
  14.         showLCD();  
  15.         if(thresh<50)  
  16.         showSleepLCD();  
  17.     }  
  18. }  
  19. setInterval(readSoundSensorValue, 1000);  
Code for the Analog Microphone
Figure 4: Code
Code for the Temperature Sensor
  1. var temp = new groveSensor.GroveTemp(1);  
  2. console.log(;  
  3. var i = 0;  
  4. var waiting = setInterval(function() {  
  5.     var celsius = temp.value();  
  6.     var fahrenheit = celsius * 9.0/5.0 + 32.0;  
  7.     console.log(celsius + " degrees Celsius, or " +  
  8.         Math.round(fahrenheit) + " degrees Fahrenheit");  
  9.     i++;  
  10.     if (i == 10) clearInterval(waiting);  
  11. }, 1000);  
Sending data to Cloud
  1. var ubidots = require('ubidots');  
  3. var client = ubidots.createClient('YOUR-API-KEY');  
  5. client.auth(function() {  
  6.     this.getDatasources(function(err, data) {  
  7.          console.log(data.results);  
  8.     });  
  9.     var ds = this.getDatasource('xxxxxxxx');  
  11.     ds.getVariables(function(err, data) {  
  12.         console.log(data.results);  
  13.     });  
  14.     ds.getDetails(function(err, details) {  
  15.         console.log(details);  
  16.     });  
  18.     var v = this.getVariable('xxxxxxx');  
  20.     v.getDetails(function(err, details) {  
  21.         console.log(details);  
  22.     });  
  23.     v.getValues(function(err, data) {  
  24.         console.log(data.results);  
  25.     });  
  26. }  
Here I am using Ubidots for IoT cloud, with Ubidots we can visualize the data in an effective way. It supports a wide range of devices and can also trigger some actions like sending emails and messages. It also offers a number of APIs to speed our development with the language of our choice. Hence I have chosen its Node.Js library to interact with my Edison.
Setting up Ubidots 
  1. Log in to your Ubidots account or you can create one here.
  2. Select the “Sources” tab and then click on “Add Data Source” to create a new data source. Here I have added My Edison.
    Add Data Source
    Figure 5: Adding Data Source
    Select the Source
    Figure 6: Detail of data Source
  3. Once the data source is created we have to add variables to it. Here in this project, we are going to send the Sensor and Temperature data, hence we will create two variables.
    Add Variable
    Figure 7: Add Variables
  4. Click on the variable and copy the variable ID. Paste this in your code.
    Variable ID
    Figure 8: Variable ID
  5. Select My Profile, then API Keys. Get your API Key from here.
    Create API Keys
    Figure 9: Copy API Key
  6. On your Dashboard add a widget of your choice, depends on how you want to visualize the data.
  7. I have chosen Gauge for the sound sensor and a Graph for temperature. By looking at the Gauge you can easily determine at the intensity of sound and hence your baby’s activity and with Graph, you can evaluate a sudden variation in temperature.
Build, Upload and Run your app on Edison. You will see the sensor values in the debug console if everything works fine you will notice data being send to Ubidots cloud. Navigate to Ubidots dashboard, you will see all the data sent from the sensor in our widgets. Here I have also created some alerts if the sound level exceeds up to a certain level (means baby is crying) an alert will send to our mobile phone through SMS.
Sound Sensor
Figure 10: Visualized data on the cloud
Altar for Baby needs You
Figure 11: Alert if the baby is crying
Alert For Baby is Playing
Figure 12: Message when the baby is playing
Alert message For Baby is Sleeping
Figure 13: Message when the baby is sleeping
Type a text message
Figure 14: SMS alert on mobile phone
Figure 15: Email Notification
When it is about babies this much is not sufficient, I will be working on some advanced stuff with more accurate sensing and better alerts that I will share in the next part.