The Catholic University of America

Crib Monitor

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained even after a thorough investigation. Continuous monitoring of vital signs has the potential to improve infant health care and reduce SIDS. With the emergence of micro-sensors and wireless technology, we can now change the conventional health care systems by replacing it with wearable and non-contact based wireless health monitoring system.

In this project, we used an infra-red non-contact temperature sensor, and a heart rate and pulse oximetry sensor to continuously monitor an infant’s health condition. A microphone-based breathing monitoring system used to be a part of the project but was later dropped due to physical and cost constrain. Interfacing different sensors, and acquiring and processing data in real time is a challenging task and requires dedicated hardware. Therefore, we chose to implement this project using field programmable gate array (FPGA), which has become one of the most widely used platforms for real-time application.