Semester Project Description

We plan to develop a baby monitor which uses an ambient display projected in another room to notify the parents if the baby is upset. The display will consist of a colored light shining upward through a bowl of water. When the microphone in the baby's room detects sound, it will communicate this to the other room causing a solenoid to tap the water. In this way, the disturbance in the water will be proportional to the baby's cries.

Ambient Displays at MIT.

About the designers:

Alison Smith and Jennifer Dempsey are graduating seniors at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Both are earning bachelor's degrees in computer science. After graduation, Jennifer plans to work for Andersen Consulting and Alison plans to pursue her Ph.D.

Alison may be contacted at
Jennifer may be contacted at