Believe it or not, an unusual number of cases related to the tragic deaths of infants trapped in hot cars are being reported in countries like the U.S. While we haven't heard such stories from India, it is for sure that parents do leave their young ones in the car thinking it will take a moment or two, which extends enormously and can result in a fatal incident.
Well, two concerned dads from the U.S only have come up with a brilliant idea to save your child from being killed in a hot car by mistake. A project named Sense-A-Life is aimed to create to a device that will notify the parents of their child is being left alone in the car by mistake or for long enough to get him suffocated or suffer severely due to heat.
The device actually is a 2 point pressure sensor, one fitted in the driver seat and other on the child seat. If the sensor notices any change in pressure from the driver side and not the child's seat, it senses that the parents have left the kid alone in the car. The immediate response of the device will be, to send the signal to the driver on his/ her mobile.
If the parents don't see the mobile and the pressure on the child's seat is maintained, the device will notify another relative or someone in the family whose number is fed in Sense-A-Life. And at last, if no action is taken in stipulated time, Sense-A-Life will send signals to the emergency services or paramedics department or police.
That being said, this is not the first time someone came up with this idea to rescue distressed children. NASA, yes the famous and biggest space agency of the U.S actually created a similar device in 2002 where they aimed to signal the parents via the key fob if the driver is too far from the car. Unluckily, the key fobs or smart keys were not as widespread as they are now.
The problem with NASA's project was that the key fobs were still not in use everywhere. This is where the Sense-A-Life campaign kicks in, as they are integrating the sensors to the car seats and all you need is a smartphone, a refined form of the NASA project. It can be done aftermarket or if OEMs want to do themselves, they can do it too.
Sadly, the project is just on papers right now and need seed fund to initiate. Sense-A-Life will start its Kickstarter campaign in April and aims to generate some revenue for advertising. If only they can keep the device's price affordable, it can be one of the most thoughtful safety products in the recent times. Our wishes with the team!