Invention: The Baby Saver
Innovation Lab: Molex
New ideas come to some inventors spontaneously and without warning – illuminating the proverbial lightbulb that hovers above their heads.
For Danny, a sixth grade student from Ohio, his “a-ha moment” occurred when he was watching the news with his mom and heard about deaths related to leaving children in hot cars. It was a news story that struck a chord with him.
“At the time, my mom was pregnant with my baby sister,” said Danny. “I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to lose her. I never want this to happen to her or any other child.”
So Danny decided to do something about it. He researched, brainstormed different ideas and even created prototypes. What he devised was a weight-activated, heat sensor that attaches to a car seat and alerts parents or guardians if a child is trapped in a hot car. He also came up with a name for his heroic invention: The Baby Saver.
“I discovered that these hot car deaths occurred when there was a change to the parents’ daily routine,” he explained. “Hopefully the Baby Saver can prevent these accidents from happening.”
At the National Invention Convention, Danny was named one of the Koch Young Visioneer Award winners. Along with a lab coat fit for a true inventor, he won a trip to the Molex innovation facility where he learned first-hand what it’s like to invent as a grown-up job.
“I was very excited because I thought Nationals would be the last step for my invention. But now that I won the Young Visioneer Award, I feel like it opens up a new door to my invention of testing and refining, and maybe one day getting it out there to the children who need it.” - Danny
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“I learned things I can take back home to help me fuel my innovations for the future,” Danny said.