iBabySeats: Preventing Parents from Leaving Kids in Cars, One Sensor At A Time. #BabySafetyMonth

Your child’s safety is your number one priority. Today, parents are faced with tons of new responsibilities and technologies that provide numerous distractions on a near constant basis. Tragically, these distractions are also partially to blame for the number of children who die every year from heat stroke after being accidentally forgotten in a vehicle, on average its 38 children. 

Christian Michael and Ryan Borovanksy, two Minnesota fathers have launched new bluetooth-powered car seat technology engineered to alert parents who have accidentally left their child behind in a car.  The two teamed up when they understood the risks a busy parent can face, creating a lifesaving device linked to a smartphone.

One day I was watching the news and a child died in a car and I thought to myself as many mistakenly do, who in the world could do that? But a year later, I had a little boy on a blue blanket and the same kind of story came on and I completely understood,
— Christian Michael, one of IBabySeat's Creators

So the two created iBabyseat, a carseat senor that notifies parents via Bluetooth connection to their cell phones.  "ibabyseat simply speaks to the technology we all carry with us and none of us ignore," said Michael.

How Does it Work?

iBabySeat was created to help keep children safe by offering parents and caregivers a reminder, via a smartphone app, that their child has been left in their vehicle. Our small bluetooth sensor device can be installed in virtually all two piece car seat models. Installation is simple. First, mount the iBabySeat sensor on the bottom side of the car seat docking unit. Then install the other side of the sensor on the bottom of the bucket of your two piece car seat. Next, download the iBabySeat app on your smartphone, and make sure your bluetooth settings are enabled. Make sure you pair the iBabySeat sensor to your phone. Immediately, you’ll be set up to use the iBabySeat technology and help prevent leaving your kids in hot cars.

Another feature of the app is the ibabyseatcan next alert emergency contacts and 911 if the parent doesn't respond. The Wayzata based engineers at HSS Global included GPS to pinpoint the child's location.

The product is expected to hit the market in October and will be in big box retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Babies R Us. It will retail for around $30.

No one leaves their kid in car on purpose, but it does happen as the image here shows.  Ibabyseat's goal is to help make it stop and protect kids that it happens to.

No one leaves their kid in car on purpose, but it does happen as the image here shows.  Ibabyseat's goal is to help make it stop and protect kids that it happens to.

We really wanted to come up with something that was affordable for most, and that could help prevent tragedies like this from happening,
— Ryan Borovanksy, creator of device