One of those most innovative makers of baby gear is finally close to launching an infant car seat to beat all infant car seats. 4moms, the genius crew behind the stroller that folds itself, will soon be selling a self-installing infant car seat, further saving parents from the frustration and anxiety that comes with trying to ensure that their babies will be safe in the back seat. The high-tech car seat automatically adjusts its own tension and leveling, making certain that the carrier and base are connected properly.
Reportedly, somewhere in the neighborhood of 70% of car seats are not installed properly, leaving room for safety issues and potential for injury. 4moms developed its self-installing car seat to eliminate that problem, and give parents extra peace of mind by displaying the results of its automated verifications on a tiny LCD screen on the side.
The video above shows a prototype of the long-awaited infant car seat in action. The concept was originally revealed in 2013, and the car seat has been in development and testing ever since. A 2014 launch was delayed when multiple prototypes didn’t perform the way designers had intended, so additional retooling and testing was needed before the company could feel confident putting the robot-like car seat into production. The folks at 4moms take their baby gear very seriously, and didn’t want to move forward with the self-installing seat until it was essentially perfect.
Like most infant car seats, the 4moms version is comprised of two parts — a base that is strapped into the backseat of your car, and the cradle that your baby will rest in. The car seat fits into the base just like existing infant seats, except that the 4moms seat installs itself on its base, which houses three motors, a high-powered processor, and a dozen sensors that work in concert to perfect the seat’s position and angle.
The Pittsburgh-based company has had good success with its other robot-like products, such as motorized self-propelled infant rockers and the aforementioned stroller that folds itself. Despite offering a high-end product with a price tag out of the average parental budget, 4moms gear has found its way into mainstream stores like Target and Babies R Us.
Like any good car seat, the 4moms seat has side impact protection bolsters to keep your precious cargo safe in the event of an accident. 4moms plans to make the car seat available for purchase in early 2016 and the price hasn’t yet been announced.
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