Babies love white noise. We first learned this fact from Dr. Harvey Karp's movie "The Happiest Baby on the Block". Newborns, after nine long months in the womb, are used to the monotonic sounds they heard constantly inside their mother’s body. When our first son arrived, we started using YouTube for this purpose, and found that the sound of rain was amazingly calming to him. But it was so inconvenient to start fumbling with our computer in the middle of the night...that was quite a pain. So we decided to build Alexa skill that would help to soothe our children to sleep.
What it does
Our skill plays the soothing and natural sound of rain for a variety of durations.
How we built it
We built the skill using Java language.
Challenges we ran into
Coming up with a seamless scenario for the In-Skill Purchase funnel
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We created a skill that helps us and our kids sleep better.
What we learned
How to implement In-Skill Purchase inside Alexa app
What's next for Sound Sleeper - Magic Sounds Rain
We are planning to create a series of skills that would allow parents to track all the events related to taking care and raising their children: feeding and breastfeeding, sleeps and naps, sicknesses and doctor's appointments, etc.