The ANEIROS Vehicle Child Seat System Could Save Lives Of Kids Who Are Left In Hot Cars

Here’s an unsettling statistic: An average of 38 children who are left in hot cars die every year. Now, an inventor aims to eliminate those tragedies altogether.

Dennis Aneiros, an automotive designer, created a car seat that could save kids’ lives if they’re ever trapped in hot cars. The ANEIROS Vehicle Child Seat System would react to the child left behind by activating the cars already-installed features such as lights, ignition, and alarm. If the parent is already too far from the car to notice the lights flashing or alarm sounding, the air-conditioner activates.

“Cars nowadays come equipped with touch screen interfaces, GPS, direct cell phone connections, but nothing that can alert a parent of a child that’s left attended in a vehicle,” said creative director Jonathan Machado in the system’s promotional video.

Currently, there’s a working prototype, and Aneiros has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund production, including manufacturing, engineering, tooling and polishing the exterior. On the fundraising page, he explains what the system entails:

“The ANIEROS effectively integrates with your vehicles alarm and electrical wiring, giving it the capability to alert a parent or caretaker of a forgotten child, activating the cars alarm, triggering the air condition system to cool down an overheating child, and much more.”

It’s easy to dismiss leaving a child in a hot car as negligent parenting, but anecdotal evidence suggests that it really can happen to anyone. In a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning piece for The Washington Post, Gene Weingarten evaluated a number of tragedies and concluded that there is no specific “type” of parent who leaves their child in a hot car. He wrote:

In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.

Former HuffPost Senior Columnist Lisa Belkin echoed Weingarten’s argument that blaming parents will not solve the problem. “Pointing fingers and punishing them does not prevent the next mistake; creating a system that assumes fallibility and works around it makes a lot more practical sense,” she wrote when reporting on an acronym that could be help avoid these fatalities.

Providing that system is what what Aneiros wants to do.

As of Monday morning, his campaign has raised $396 of the $500,000 goal. One donor wrote “What a great concept! I look forward to seeing how you guys progress – exciting stuff!”

Exciting indeed.

(Hat Tip: BabyCenter)

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Katy Perry Reportedly Spent Over $500,000 On Cars For Her Assistants

Katy Perry may be the best boss ever.

According to a report in the Daily Star, the singer dropped over half a million dollars on new cars for her five assistants. (Apparently, international superstardom requires a lot of planning and errands.)

Reportedly, the 29–year–old invested in five Fisker Karmas, each with a price tag of over $100,000. The sporty four–door sedans will help the star implement a greener lifestyle.

“They are completely electric and top of the range in car luxury but she hates the smog in the air in LA. In total she spent over half a million dollars on the cars and now her conscience is clean,” a friend of Perry reportedly told the Daily Star.

The Huffington Post has reached out to Katy Perry’s rep for a statement regarding the purchase.

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Forget Drinking, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day By Learning Awesome Facts About Ireland

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Take a break from consuming all the beer you can handle, and watch this cool video created by the Trade of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs to honor Ireland’s national day.

The video showcases some of the incredible accomplishments that have come out of the nation.

In addition to being the birthplace of 14 Oscar winners, 24 Olympic medalists and nine Nobel laureates, Ireland is also home to Europe’s most charitable people, according to the World Giving Index 2013.

To learn more about Ireland’s achievements, watch the video above and share it with the hashtag, #IrelandInspires.

h/t The Grand Island Independent

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Your Car May Soon Be Able To Tell If You’ve Got Road Rage

Fiction is one step closer to reality.

A team from the Swiss technical school Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (aka EPFL) has teamed up with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen to develop an in-car emotion detector.

Yes, like KITT from “Knight Rider” or Herbie from “The Love Bug,” cars may soon be aware of humankind’s fragile emotional states.

As seen in the video above, the emotion detector uses an infrared camera located behind the car’s steering wheel to determine what emotions a driver is displaying. The system can then determine the driver’s “stress level.”

In particular, the system looks to see if a driver is experiencing anger or disgust — emotions, as a news story on EPFL’s website notes, that are associated with aggression. If the system is able to detect a driver displaying one or both of these emotions, it can then work “to limit a vehicle’s speed, or flash and sound a warning…to calm down,” Gizmodo writes.

Of course, not everyone expresses anger and disgust in the same way. Since the emotion detector currently pieces together a driver’s emotional state from a database of images and videos depicting individuals expressing these emotions, the system’s accuracy is still in need of perfection. The EPFL news story notes the school will continue research on the device.

The Huffington Post reached out to EPFL to find out more information about the system’s future but did not receive an immediate response.

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