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Starfish aims to prevent hot-car deaths

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An in-development device senses if a child has been left in a vehicle and alerts a parent’s phone.

As reported by the Daily Mail in the UK, the Starfish is a coin-sized weight-activated sensor that fits to child’s car seat. It pairs to a parent’s phone using Bluetooth, and then signals the phone if it goes too far from the sensor — that is, if the parent carrying the phone walks 20 feet away from the Starfish that is on their child’s seat.

starfish 1The develop notes that one child dies in a hot car every nine days in the US on average.

There’s more information on the Starfish Kickstarter here.

Baby Saver prevents kids being left in car

babysaverSadly, infants are still on occasion left in cars in hot weather. But a young boy from Nashville invented an easy system to help prevent this.

“When I was in fifth grade, I created the EZ Baby Saver to keep children from being left in hot cars,” says Andrew Pelham. “The EZ Baby Saver is a bright neon strap that stops parents in their tracks. When they’re getting out of the car, it forces them to stop and ask, “Is anyone still strapped in the back seat?” You can make your own EZ Baby Saver with rubber bands and duct tape! It’s a cheap, simple reminder that could save the life of a child. Click on the links above for free instructions and a video tutorial.”

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Pelham took second place the Science & Engineering Division and won $500 in the 2013 Rubberband Contest for Young Inventors.

Instructions for how to make an EZ Baby Saver are here.

Here’s an explanatory video.

 

Take the Tub Temperature

4mom tub spoutThere are quite a few thermometers and the like out there to measure the water’s warmth — but this tub spout from 4moms tells you if the H2O is heated correctly right away by displaying the temp as the water comes out.

The cover has an easy-to-read color coded display that indicates safe, comfortable water temperatures, the company says. The spout cover also helps protect children from bumps and bruises that can be caused by knocking into the faucet. It’s also easy to install, and fits most faucets.

The Tub Spout Cover is $30 here. (Affiliate link)

 

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