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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – This past summer, Connecticut and the nation watched in horror as the story of Ridgefield father Kyle Seitz, and his little boy Benjamin unfolded. Seitz is charged with criminally negligent homicide, after police say he left his 15 month old son in a hot car. Seitz says he forgot the child was in the back seat. The medical examiner ruled the little boy died of hyperthermia, or extremely high body temperature. Seitz is not alone. Every year in this country more than three dozen children in this country die after being left in hot cars.
This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel unveiled a solution. It’s called the “Intel Smart Clip.” It’s a bluetooth connected clip that attaches to your baby’s carseat. The “Smart Clip” works with your smart phone. If the clip is still clipped, and you walk too far away from your car, your phone beeps, letting you know you left the baby in the car. A pretty simple, elegant solution. There is some other gadgetry too, like a sensor that tells your phone how hot it is in the car. Here is a quick look at how it works from the technology site CNET.com.
There is no word yet when the “Smart Clip” will be available, or what it will cost. Seems like a pretty good bet that some car seat manufacturers could cut a deal with Intel, to build this right into their high-end car baby seats.