Safeboard Fold-Up Carseat Aims to Improve Safety, Ease of Use
As technology continues to progress rapidly, it’s exciting to see some of the developments being made in various safety systems.
A Boston start-up known as Te Tama hopes to create a new type of car seat that would allow parents to forego dealing with a bulky product that is difficult to carry around. The company is on its way to producing a car seat that can actually be folded down so that it can easily be carried by parents and guardians. The head of Te Tama came up with the idea after experiencing firsthand the difficulties of carrying a bulky carseat while traveling on airlines.
MassChallenge, a contest designed to provide entrepreneurs of seemingly progressive companies with things like funding and office space, picked Te Tama to be a finalist in their competition. Finalists are set to begin an accelerator program within days, and in three months the qualifying finalists will split a $1 million cash prize.
The car seat, given the moniker “Safeboard,” will be front facing and designed for kids who weigh between 20 and 80 pounds. The 13 pound device will reportedly go further than what’s mandated as safe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it will contain the LATCH system.
The inventor of the car seat hopes to bring the product to market in 2013. An engineering firm still needs to be chosen to actually build a prototype of the device.