Understanding a newborn baby is tough, especially for first time parents. Noah Liang, my first new born, was born in November 2015 in Calgary, and guess what, he is so unpredictable (you might say, duh… he is a newborn!). For example, he just didn’t want to sleep at night!! There must be a better way for us to know him better (so all of us can get some sleep!!). In the middle of a usual Noah-non-stop-crying night, the term of “Quantified Self” popped up to my mind. From Wikipedia:
“The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical).“
So I told myself, if I am a true Internet of Things expert and evangelist, this is something I must do. Let’s “Quantify My Baby“!! Maybe (or most likely) it will only add more work to my already very busy life and see no improvement on either ours or Noah’s quality of life, but it will be fun at least. Although it might be the geek-est way to blog about my son’s growth, it’s not that my friends don’t know I am a geek, right? And I happened to see Eclipse launched the Eclipse Open IoT Challenge 2.0, so I submitted an application and joined the contest. From now to end of February, I will regularly post the progress of my “Connected Babies” project and hopefully you will find it’s a fun and maybe educational read.