Some say they were , running late for work, or by a kink in their usual morning routine. Whatever the reason, each year, dozens of parents do what seems unfathomable to many: they accidentally leave their children in a hot car.
When it's 80 degrees outside, relatively mild summer weather, can reach nearly 100 degrees in 10 minutes.
Thirty-one children died of heatstroke in cars in 2014, according to the most recent data available from the . The parents who are guilty of such absentmindedness come from a range of educational and financial backgrounds. According to the nonprofit , a doctor, dentist, professor, school principal, veterinarian, and rocket scientist are among those who have forgotten to take their babies out of their car seats. (A rocket scientist, people. Let that sink in for a minute.)
But now, two fathers from Tampa, Fadi Shamma and Jim Friedman, are saying enough is enough. The men,who are neighbors, have invented Sense-A-Life, a device that reminds drivers to take a child out of a car.
"We were tired of hearing all these sad stories and seeing the agony on parents' faces and we decided that this is such a serious problem that could probably be solved with a simple solution," Shamma told .
The two-stage device uses sensors. When a child is in the seat and a door opens, a voice alert reminds the driver to take the child out. An alert also goes to his or her phone. If ignored for long enough, a backup alert goes to a second parent or guardian's phone.
The duo have applied for a patent and plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign early next month. They hope to market the device to individuals, car companies and/or car seat manufacturers.
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