Inspired by the "choose your own adventure" self-care prompts in this thread, I made one to help myself get out of bed in the morning. [more inside]
I created SAMi out of a very personal need to monitor my son at night after he was diagnosed with epilepsy. Using a networked IR security camera, I built the first version in 2009. The code was written in python and ran on a dedicated old Dell laptop. Over the years I've refined the design, tweaking the detection algorithm until I had a system that worked reliably for us. With the help of funding from the Epilepsy Foundation (I won their first "Shark Tank" competition) and the support of friends and family I've turned my bespoke python based solution into an iPhone app. www.samialert.com is my new website where we've recently launched SAMi to the public, we are starting to ship cameras worldwide. The response so far has been gratifying.
I made this app for Android to get sleep while the baby is making noises. Here's the App Description: Tune in to the Sleep Tube to sleep soundly! The Sleep Tube is an advanced white noise generator for your pleasure. Enjoy sound as well as animation. Choose from 12 channels to relax and fall asleep. Flip through channels, or select your favorite from the channel selector. Set a timer to turn off automatically. This is the free version, a complete set of channels including all the images and sounds is available for .99 cents USD. Full Version Channels Include: Beach, Brown Noise, Forest, Night, Pink Noise, Rain, River, Sunset, Waterfall, Waves, White Noise, Wind