The company 4moms has engineered new products that revolutionize the lives of parents all around the world. In this article, the author specifically focuses on the new infant car seat presented at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This invention is a product replacement of a traditional car seat for young children and integrates an old and established product with new technology. 4moms links the parent’s smartphone into the process of installing the car seat in order to reduce error and to ensure the safety of the child. 4moms mission is fix this security issue because according to 4moms, 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly meaning that approximately 25 million children worldwide are driving around in an unsafe car seat (Gmoser).
The car seat installs similarly to other car seats, but is adjusted and secured using smart technology. Steele explains, “Once you attach the base's anchors to the hooks in your vehicle, the car seat automatically levels itself [with the push of a button] and properly tensions those belts to secure it” (Steele). After the initial safety check, every time the seat is put back into the base holder, the technology will do another complete safety check and “will turn the continuous monitoring system on to verify that any time the child is in the seat, its securely installed” (Gmoser). This update to the traditional car seat is very productive in enhancing the security of children everywhere and is a product that I would personally invest in if it meant the safeguard of my child.
Along with the physical security component that the car seat features, the technology is also set up to alert the parent if the seat is not correctly installed through smart phone access. It gives live updates of the tension, levels, etc. along with how many security checks were performed and when the last security check was performed. This is all available through the “continuous monitoring” feature. This product also provides an automated guided installation process via the smartphone app to continue to assist parents in guaranteeing the protection of their child.
Though detailed with its descriptions of this updated technology, I believe this article lacks the other advancements that this car seat could offer for parent. Though this could be due to this product being fairly new, I would like to see what other directions this product could take. I believe this technology has the potential to grow exponentially and eventually has the capacity to help a multitude of people, other than just infants.
Gmoser, Justin. "This Self-Installing Car Seat is Designed to Eliminate Human Error." BusinessInsider. Business Insider, 11 Jan. 2016. Web. 29 Mar. 2016.
Steele, Billy. "Can a High-Tech Car Seat Offer a Safer Ride for Your Baby?" Engadget. Aol, 16 Jan. 2016. Web. 29 Mar. 2016.