Startup Introduces Low-Cost Device to Prevent Parents From Leaving Children in the Car

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Elepho’s eClip prevents babies and small children from being accidentally left in the car.

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This device is not only affordable, but also easy to use. Simply put: eClip is a smart reminder to check on your little one in the back seat of your car in an attempt to prevent a tragedy.

Elepho® Inc., a Delaware-based startup, has developed a low-cost, patent-pending device to help prevent hot-car deaths in babies and small children. The device, named eClip®, is small enough to attach to a child’s car seat strap. With eClip’s accompanying app, an alert will promptly remind the user to check the backseat as they exit their vehicle. Elepho’s team launched the eClip on Kickstarter today with a funding goal of $50,000. The team hopes the eClip’s low cost will attract consumers and help make child safety monitors, such as this, more accessible.

“We understand that sometimes we forget things, plans or routine daily activities - we are all human. With summertime and warmer weather quickly approaching, our team is excited to finally introduce our eClip to consumers worldwide,” Akiva Weinberger, Kickstarter Project Leader at Elepho said. “This device is not only affordable, but also easy to use. Simply put: eClip is a smart reminder to check on your little one in the back seat of your car in an attempt to prevent a tragedy.”

Elepho’s eClip is constantly monitoring. Using the native iOS or Android app, eClip will sound and display alerts on a user’s smartphone when they move around 15 feet (five meters) away from their vehicle.

It is often a misconception that only “bad” parents leave their children behind in their cars. However, this is not generally the case. Whether it’s due to lack of sleep, change in routine or accidental negligence, parents, grandparents and caregivers can sometimes forget sleeping children in the back of their vehicles. Often referred to as Forgotten Baby Syndrome (FBS), hot-car deaths claimed the lives of 39 children last year in the United States alone, with similar statistics in other developed countries.

Hyperthermia is often the main cause of death in a baby or child when the body temperature rises greatly above normal temperatures. In addition to reminding parents of their child in the backseat, eClip monitors the temperature around the car seat to ensure the area is safe and comfortable for their child. If the temperature falls below or above a user-specified range of 59-86°F (15-30°C), the app will promptly alert users. The temperature range can also be adjusted by the user and, in future versions, the app will also be able to send alerts to a user’s spouse or to the child’s grandparents and caregivers.

The Elepho team has a clear goal of zero hot-car deaths. With eClip, parents have a digital assistant to keep them on their toes and mindful of their child in the back of the car. The team launched a Kickstarter campaign today with a $50,000 funding goal. The eClip starts at just $49, with limited early bird deals available. For more information on the campaign, or to purchase an eClip, visit the project at bit.ly/eClipKS.

About Elepho
Elepho Inc. is a Delaware-based startup that utilizes smart design and advanced technology to create reasonably-priced, easy-to-use wellbeing products designed to help your whole family enjoy a better life. Their newest product, eClip, is a smart monitor that clips to a child’s car seat strap. The gadget’s main purpose is to prevent hot-car deaths and alert parents when their child is left behind in the vehicle. It also monitors the temperature around the car seat to ensure a comfortable and safe environment. For more information on Elepho, visit http://www.elepho.com. Elepho®, eClip® and the associated corporate logo are the registered trademarks of Elepho Inc.

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