System Could Stop Parents Accidentally Leaving Their Child in the Car
Starfish is a sensor-based system that’s tackling car deaths by alerting drivers when they’ve left their baby behind.
Developed by Studio Whale, the system uses a small GPS and weight-sensing device that can be placed underneath the child’s car seat. The Starfish senses when the seat is in use and also tracks the location of the car and parents’ smartphones. If the device detects the presence of a baby when drivers move away from the car, it sends an alert to their smartphone to remind them to take their baby with them. If they don’t return to the car within 5 minutes, the device also triggers an alert for preset emergency contacts that details the last known location of the parent. Multiple Starfish sensors can be connected to the same smartphone, so large families can avoid a Home Alone-stye scenario.