The lights are on
A trio of Johns Hopkins students has adapted Microsoft's Kinect sensor for use in a system that would prevent heatstroke related deaths of children trapped in hot cars.
The students, Anshul Mehra, Yejin Kim, and Jeffery Kamei, started the project for a two-month senior mechanical design course at Johns Hopkins University. They were tasked with coming up with a device to combat a major health risk, and chose heatstroke-related deaths in children due to being accidentally left in an overheated vehicle. There have been 527 such deaths in the U.S. since 1998.
After looking at studies that said that the devices designed to alert parents of their children being trapped in a hot car currently on the market are unreliable, they came up with a plan to use the Kinect to detect the motion of a child trapped in a vehicle. They specifically chose Kinect because its infrared sensor made it less likely to be interfered with by motion outside of the vehicle. The students envision the system eventually being linked to an alarm, or even a service like OnStar, to alert parents that they have forgotten a child in their car.
The students hope that someday their experimental work on this project could be carried out by a commercial company that could make it available to consumers.
(Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins, pictured above (left to right): Anshul Mehra, Yejin Kim, Jeffery Kamei, and faculty advisor Eileen McDonald)
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this is the best use of kinect i have ever heard of! way to go to these three students!
Awesome work! Kudos to these students. However, no technology can replace the common sense of a parent with half-a-brain who doesn't leave their kid out of a hot car in the first place!
That is quite an impressive utilization of the technology.
Very innovative and very cool idea. I love seeing these projects.
And yet another thing Kinect does better that has nothing to do with videogames, don't get me wrong this is pretty cool but wasn't Kinect created to make games better or something?
This is truly incredible gaming technology that has a way to help save lives from possible threats. In time I know more of the same will be created and am grateful for it. ^_^
Of course you could also teach parents how to be responsible. But that seems to be a little too much to ask for, these days.
How do people forget their own kids in a car???????
How do you "forget" your child in a car. That sounds like the excuse of a parent who wants to get rid of their child rather than a parent who left them there on purpose with some water or something
Hey, that fantastic waste of money has finally found a good use.
So... this is a trap, right? Anyone who buys this clearly has intent to endanger their child. So they just bust them on the spot, or what?