Raspberry Pi Spies On… Err… Monitors Baby

“Quick! We’re having a baby and we need a baby monitor!” Rather than run to the local big box and plunk down cash for an off-the-shelf solution, any self-respecting hacker would rise to the challenge and hit the shop to build something like this live streaming eye-in-the-sky baby camera. Right?

baby-monitor-raspberry-pi-cameraAt least that’s how [Antibore] handled the situation, and the results are pretty good. He designed his build around an old Raspberry Pi 2 that was hanging around. That required a WiFi adapter, and since he wanted video and audio he needed a camera and mic. The first USB mic had a nice compact design but didn’t perform well, so a gutted gooseneck mic soldered right to the USB connector joined the design spec. A camera module, cell-phone quick charge battery bank, and a 3D printed case round out the BOM. A knitted cozy to keep it looking warm and fuzzy was provided by the mother-to-be — although we think it looks a little like [Mike Wazowski].

This self-contained unit will work anywhere it has access to a WiFi network. Mounted on the baby carrier, it’ll provide a live stream to any browser and provide the new parents with a little peace of mind.

There are a lot of baby monitors on the market, some of them terrible and in need of a rebuild. Kudos to [Antibore] for deciding to roll his own custom solution and for getting it done before the blessed event. Now how about painting that nursery?

7 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi Spies On… Err… Monitors Baby

    1. It’s true than RPi can be used in all sorts of fun ways, although for everyday use I would still count on more polished and supported consumer grade products.

      (Original Yi firmware + Yi app on a cheapo tablet = baby monitor with 2-way voice, the downside is Chinese hackers might be eavesdropping)

  1. When my spawn first popped forth, I thought I could just dummy up a sweet video baby monitor with a couple old smartphones from the obsolete smartphone drawer all of us have. A couple IP Camera app downloads later and we were in business, or so I thought. But whatever I tried, the receiving device always seemed to play back slightly slower than the sending, so that after a while it was several minutes behind reality, which kind of defeated the purpose. Even tried HTML5 playback option to play back at >1.0x speed, no joy. Never did find a way around this in the remaining post-newborn hack-time, so ended up with an off-the-shelf analog audio unit. Anyone else encountered this?

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