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October 12, 2010

SafeBABI – Alerts you when a Baby is forgotten in a Car

at 8:30 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Educational, Electronic Hacks

Forgetting a babies inside a locked vehicle is an unfortunate event which occurs far too often. Daniel Ogilvie, Peggy Liska and Michael Sherman have developed a solution which puts some TI tech into motion. They developed the SafeBABI concept while interning at TI. Nice that TI allowed them to work on a concept that they have no interest in ever monetizing. One of their cool eZ430 watches is used to alert the user about the forgotten baby. I love the simple implementation since the system doesn’t have much to go wrong.


“The safeBABI (Safe Baby Alert Broadcast Interface) is a product that attaches to a car seat and interfaces with the Texas Instruments eZ430 Chronos watch through a Texas Instruments CC1110 wireless interface. The eZ430 watch sounds an alarm when the watch goes outside the range of the wireless device and a child is left in the car seat. “


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15 Responses to “SafeBABI – Alerts you when a Baby is forgotten in a Car”

  1. MrMaigo Says:

    They should put a proximity sensor on the baby so you don’t leave it in the store

  2. moron4hire Says:

    Seriously? Really? “Far too often”? Fewer than 5 children per year have died from being left in cars. THIS IS A NON-EVENT!!! More people die from bee-stings every year! This hooplah over children in cars is a political machination that attempts to leverage populism to make the issue out to be more than it is.

  3. Chris Says:

    It’s a shame something like this has to be invented….

  4. Tachikoma Says:

    Personally I think the watch should give a lethal injection to the parent and automatically alert child services for adoption. Shit like this should not happen in the first place.

  5. Elektronika.ba Says:

    if you forget about your baby than i think it is time to ask yourself a few important questions 🙂

  6. MG Says:

    Uh, I see I’m late for the stingy “stupid parents” comments, but here’s mine anyway: If you need such a device, you should not be allowed to breed in the first place…. 🙂

  7. Farle Says:

    This is the kind of technology that should not exist, because:

    A: Someone stupid will buy it, then forget the kid and the alarm and sue the company into the ground
    B: Someone will need to invent a ‘where is baby?’ Tracker, because stupid parents will then lose baby somewhere else, because increased nannying equals decreased brain use.

  8. NatureTM Says:

    Reminds me of a billboard I saw in one of the bad parts of my city. It had a picture of a mother holding a baby, and read, “Never shake your baby.” Maybe they should add an accelerometer…

  9. Anon Says:

    re: stupid parent comments: One of my relatives left their baby on the BUS. Luckily it all ended happily.

    They’re not stupid and they love their children, but sometimes when you’ve been kept up most of the night every night for a month, you do some crazy shit.

    I hope you never make the same mistake.

  10. Shadyman Says:

    Requisite: How is BABI formed?

    All jokes aside, it’s another nifty idea for the TI430 watch 🙂

  11. John Boxall Says:

    It is a great idea for the watch, but if anyone actually needed one of these… well they have problems.

  12. mike Says:

    i just want to say… why the hell is this an “event which occurs far too often” … wtf does that say about the general population?
    i have a 2yr old of my own, forgetting him is something we just cant wrap our heads around…

  13. KnowTheFacts Says:

    For those of you who don’t think this occurs to often, here are the actual numbers.


    Its something that can occur to innocent people, not necessarily poor parents. On this website you will find links to all the news transcripts of these tragic incidents. Its something that just happens, perhaps when your on your way to work on an important call with your boss and your child in his rear facing carseat falls asleep while your briefcase is in the front of the car. When you get out of the car if you are still on the phone, what is on your mind right now? This is quite a stretch of a scenario, but unfortunately it happens.

    Is over 400 baby deaths, that could be prevented by simple technology, enough to say, “Hey we can do something about this”

  14. moron4hire Says:

    No, it is not enough. It’s over 400 in 12 years. That’s nothing. There are better things we could be focusing our attention on, things that could save millions http://library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm

  15. Bill Montgomery Says:

    I have seen this in a late 1980s or 1990s Popular Electronics magazine. Wireless leash for kids and pets.

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