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Sleep Activity Monitor (SAMi)




If your child needs to be closely monitored for abnormal activity at night you probably suffer from a lack of sleep. I know we did.

SAMi was created to address a very personal need for a reliable system that:

-- Alerts you to your child’s abnormal movements with a loud alarm.

-- Does not sound alarms for a child’s normal tossing and turning during sleep.

-- Provides you with a quick way to see and hear what is happening.  This allows you to go back to sleep if everything is OK. 

-- Makes recordings that you can share with your doctors.


Co-sleeping is the gold standard method for monitoring a child but it can be very hard on both parents and child. Most parents are very sensitive to their child’s movements, which means that sounds and even normal tossing and turning results in multiple awakenings. Co-sleeping can be a privacy compromise for the parents as well as the child. 

baby monitor is another common device for monitoring someone. Baby monitors are inexpensive, but they only alert the parents to noise. Similar to co-sleeping, hypervigilant parents typically are awakened multiple times in the night by benign noises. If a monitor is only sensitive to sounds, you often need to actually go to the child’s room to investigate, possibly waking the child. Although newer video baby monitors let you look for a problem remotely, they still typically rely on audio only. Not all abnormal movements are accompanied by sound.

Mechanical movement monitors that detect physical shaking are often very effective. Some systems attach to the bed and detect rhythmic shaking. Others use a sensor worn on the body. These have been proven very effective but generally only detect and alert in the case of rhythmic motion. They also do not provide a live video and audio display for quick confirmation or make recordings for later review.


Self Monitoring:  Living alone presents additional challenges for those who take medication for conditions that occur during sleep. A SAMi system setup in your own bedroom provides you with time-stamped recordings of your movements during the night. The next morning you can easily review the events that were recorded. You can configure SAMi to record with or without the alarm feature. If the alarm is enabled, it sounds until you silence it, which might be an important factor for determining if any action is needed, such as taking additional medication.

Travel:  SAMi is available with and without a dedicated Wi-Fi router. The SAMi kit provides you with a completely portable monitoring system. This gives you the freedom to continue to monitor your child from any nearby location, such as an adjacent hotel room.   Note that you are limited to a range of roughly 50ft/15m.



1:  A wireless video camera with infrared illuminators that enable a good quality image, even in complete darkness.

2: An iPhone or iPod Touch running the SAMi application.

3: The SAMi application, which is a customizable program that searches and analyzes video information for “qualified” events. If an event occurs, an audible alarm sounds on the iPhone or iPod and live video and audio is displayed. The application timestamps and archives recordings from the video camera for later review.