There are so many “smart” devices and we are continuously using more and more each day. Unfortunately, these devices are not always worthwhile or they make us less productive. They can cause dependency or waste endless amounts of time. This week I stumbled upon an attempt to make a “smart” device that saves lives—babies’ lives.
Jonathan Machado is the creative director for Aneiros LLC., while Dennis Aneiros, after whom the company is named, is the creator of the—yes you've guessed it—Aneiros, a smart child car seat system. Collectively they bring years of creative and automotive experience to this venture.
A little about Dennis Aneiros. He is DIY kind of guy who loves to work with his hands. He is always building things and is excessively persistent. To illustrate this persistence, Jonathan Machado shared a little of his step-father’s background. Aneiros is a native of Cuba where he built a raft out of scrap wood to sail to the US. The Cuban Guard caught him in the attempt and placed Aneiros in prison. Upon his release he attempted the voyage a second time resulting similarly—more jail time. Aneiros repeated this process of escape with the same results. It was not until the fourth time that he made it to the US—determined. "That is the kind of guy my dad is", said Machado.
Now about the product. The Aneiros system is a car seat that is hard-wired into the vehicle’s computer system. It is able to communicate with the processor chip that controls the car’s lights, ignition switch, air conditioner, alarm and door locks. The system relies on weight sensors in both the child’s car seat and the driver’s seat. When the car seat is weighed down and the driver’s seat is not an alarm and flashing lights will alert the driver who has just stepped out of the vehicle. If the driver misses the alarm, the system will go into stage two alert using the car alarm and flashing the headlights. After a total of eight minutes with no response the system will activate the air-conditioning and unlock the doors for outside rescuers.Interesting, right? Also, to go along with the car seat, Aneiros has plans to a release an app that would provide additional alerts to users.
Aneiros has aired on several news programs. The latest interview was this past Monday, the 25th, on CBS Miami. Machado expressed, "Cars nowadays come equipped with touch screen interfaces, GPS, direct cell phone connections, and various other advanced technologies. Yet little to nothing exists to alert a parent if a child is left unattended in a vehicle." For both Machado and Aneiros the goal is to have their child safety system pre-installed in vehicles before they arrive on the lot, similar to OnStar. And with their patent on this system, they should be able to own this market when it takes off.
This is a worthwhile cause that has unforetold potential and earns a solid POP from The Freshpreneur.
Aneiros Indiegogo Campaign Page