Delaware Startup Creates eClip To Prevent Forgotten Baby Syndrome
Not everyone who leaves their baby in the car to bake in the hot sun is like Justin Ross Harris. In fact most people who have left their babies in the car, no matter what the outcome, did it purely by accident. Parents rushing from one place to another, only to find a five minute errand took an hour and a half, are the ones who are dealing with the pain of forgotten baby syndrome.
Not the official name, forgotten baby syndrome, is the name given for when babies are left in their car seats, while their parent or caregiver runs in somewhere, in the hot sun.
There are several companies that have put forth an effort to bring something to market to prevent this horrible tragedy. Evenflo, was the first company to bring a baby seat to market that would alert a parent that their child was still in the car. In 2014, Albuquerque teenager Alissa Chavez, created a sensor based device to protect children from being left in the car. That device is available online but hasn’t made it to stores nationwide.
Delaware based startup Elepho has developed a low-cost, patent-pending device to help prevent hot-car deaths in babies and small children. The device, named eClip®, is small enough to attach to a child’s car seat strap. With eClip’s accompanying app, an alert will promptly remind the user to check the backseat as they exit their vehicle. Elepho’s team launched the eClip on Kickstarter today with a funding goal of $50,000. The team hopes the eClip’s low cost will attract consumers and help make child safety monitors, such as this, more accessible.
“We understand that sometimes we forget things, plans or routine daily activities – we are all human. With summertime and warmer weather quickly approaching, our team is excited to finally introduce our eClip to consumers worldwide,” Akiva Weinberger, Kickstarter Project Leader at Elepho said. “This device is not only affordable, but also easy to use. Simply put: eClip is a smart reminder to check on your little one in the back seat of your car in an attempt to prevent a tragedy.”
Elepho’s eClip is constantly monitoring. Using the native iOS or Android app, eClip will sound and display alerts on a user’s smartphone when they move around 15 feet (five meters) away from their vehicle.
Hyperthermia is often the main cause of death in a baby or child when the body temperature rises greatly above normal temperatures. In addition to reminding parents of their child in the backseat, eClip monitors the temperature around the car seat to ensure the area is safe and comfortable for their child. If the temperature falls below or above a user-specified range of 59-86°F (15-30°C), the app will promptly alert users. The temperature range can also be adjusted by the user and, in future versions, the app will also be able to send alerts to a user’s spouse or to the child’s grandparents and caregivers.
The Elepho team has a clear goal of zero hot-car deaths. With eClip, parents have a digital assistant to keep them on their toes and mindful of their child in the back of the car. The team launched a Kickstarter campaign today with a $50,000 funding goal. The eClip starts at just $49, with limited early bird deals available. For more information on the campaign, or to purchase an eClip, visit the project at bit.ly/eClipKS.