The Italian solution to the blackout syndrome

by Paola Battista - 2014.02.27
The Italian solution to the blackout syndrome
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Fear of forgetting your kid in the car and cause both inconceivable and irreparable tragedies? If you are concerned about their safety, look no further. The first 'car baby alert' made in Italy has been produced in Bologna. It will alert distracted and stressed out mothers and fathers if they have left their baby in the car, thus preventing deaths from hypothermia and hyperthermia. On hot days, the temperature inside the car can rise from 10 °C to 15 °C every 15 minutes, transforming it in a real trap especially for children aged 0 to 4 years old. 20 minutes are sufficient to see the first signs of hyperthermia and death can arrive in 2 hours. So, a business headquartered in Bologna had an idea: a simple reminder calling the attention of the driver using an alert system with lights and sounds, effective against the blackout syndrome that even the most caring parents risk to face.

The developers of this special device called "Remmy" explained to West what this syndrome is about: 'It's a state of dissociation due to particularly stressful factors - such as family or economic problems, work-related concern and emotional overload - which leads to forget and neglect even actions of vital importance, causing a real blackout of the mind.'

But why is it different from other prototypes already seen and heard? 'Firstly, it is already on the market and has been tested by Quattrotuote, a leading Italian car magazine. Secondly, it is a 'sample, safe, universal, Italian product,' underlined its designers. 'Moreover, the system works even if babies unfasten their seatbelt or unluckily move and fall from the child seat, in case of large or not-properly-fastened seatbelt.'

“Initially, we imagined an object such as a key ring that could sound based on the distance of the parents from the car,' they say. 'But we gave up because in this mode the system sounds when the driver has got off the car and could not hear the device- which is actually not useful. Traffic, ambulance sirens, trains passing by or you have already put your keys in the pocket.... the are many risks. So, we opted for a cable solution, because it allows an immediate signalling when you shut off the engine, even because it alerts whether the seatbelt have been accidentally or voluntarily unfastened. On top of it, our product can be applied to any type of child seat and car, with no special installation.'

Fit one tip in the cigarette lighter of the car and the other tip - pressure sensor - under the child seat, in the point where the child is comfortably seated. A bright idea is the "Ask the expert" section, available on the website, where a psychiatrist will allay parents' doubts and give advice to those more exposed to 'go haywire.'


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