Green and Smart Baby Bassinet: An Innovation for Rural Working Mothers

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Soma Boral, Soumyadeep Ghosh, Soumik Podder, Arun Kumar Mondal1


Introduction Advances in technology have made life easier in a wide range for people who specially live in remote and rural areas. Particularly the rural and sub urban working mothers are increasingly dependent on new consumer electronics goods. In case of healthcare, the consumer electronics play an important role to bring technologically advanced products. In rural areas, frequent check-ups and availability of doctor for 24x7 hours are realistically a day-dream. This sparing medical facility also affects baby healthcare monitoring and in-time treatment. Moreover, the ever increasing working mother proportions also demand highly accurate baby care system. Conventional smart baby care system only alerts the working parents about the present status and any abnormality of baby’s health but the system lacks telemedicine facility or online doctor consultation. Additionally the baby cradles are not user friendly in nature that creates many unwanted problems for working mothers.

Objectives The objective of this project is

  1. To create a parent monitoring system over their infant when they are outside

  2. To develop doctor-patient handling management system (e-Consultation) that helps patient not to visit clinics physically [9,10].

Methods: The cradle is furnished with an alarm system that generates sound in two conditions: first, pad that is essential for baby becomes wet and second, when the infant continues to cry for a prolonged time period, indicating baby’s attention. Apart from these fundamental design criteria, the bassinet also has the ability to measure the temperature and amount of moisture around the baby, alerting the owner to the send the value via SMS or phone calls. The bassinet is fitted with a speaker so that rural areas people can easily understand that the bassinet is alerting them. The speaker system has multilingual feature that provides ease in understanding the baby bassinet’s working protocol in their native language. Additionally the online doctor consultation facility provides proper medication in any abnormality of baby’s health.

Results First the sound detection module check is their any sound or not. Before that set the threshold sound level as of the detector will detect the other sound around the cradle. Now, if it detect sound and if it is above threshold value then it will again check whether the detect value equals to high frequency value or low frequency value. If it is high then the servo motor is set on to swing the cradle and cradle song will start playing. If sound level is low then it send sms to parent as baby is cryinh because of feeling hungry, along with cradle music will play. After that if again baby is crying then it will start playing aniimated videos and sent alert message to parents and nanny through GSM module. Using YL-69 soil moisture sensor wetness around baby diaper is measured. PIR sensor detects the motion of baby in the cradle. Through OV7670 cam module, the parent can able to see them can able to interact with them. The online consulting system works on the registration and login of both the doctor and patient through app. The newly generated prescription get stored in cloud for future use.

Conclusions: The smart bassinet with an IoT baby monitoring system successfully monitors the critical parameters such as crying status, humidity, and ambient temperature. A smart baby crib has been designed and implemented based on several new technologies. The system helps parents during the day while they are busy and during the night while they are sleeping by swinging a cradle and playing cradle song.  

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