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The Detector Baby

Karli Cash, Shadi Bilal, David Miller and Matthew Zawiski

Being a parent comes with a tough set of responsibilities. One common and sometimes fatal accident is when a parent forgets to take their child out of the car. In the United States about 37 children die every year in hot cars. The team’s goal is to understand and stop these accidents. 

Our team created The Detector Baby to alert parents if their child is left in the car. The design consists of two devices: an adapted car seat buckle and a key fob. The buckle easily attaches over the original straps of the car seat. When the child is buckled into the car seat, the sensor inside the buckle activates and sends a signal to the key fob so it rings and displays a message to alert the parent. 

A thermistor in the seat belt buckle measures the inside temperature of the car. If the temperature is life-threatening or is increasing quickly, the key fob alerts the parent again. If no action occurs within a certain time period, the device alerts emergency personnel. To prevent death from hot cars, the parent must buckle their child in the car seat and always carry the key fob. The devices stay connected at a reasonable distance and alert parents when connection is fading. In the end, this product aims to keep as many children safe as possible. 

Team Members (L to R):
Karli Cash, Shadi Bilal, David Miller and Matthew Zawiski
Advisor(s):
Simone Peterson Hruda, Ph.D.
Sponsor:
Innovative Logistics
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