Worried about the safety rating of that child car seat? Perhaps you should swaddle your progeny in a protective Kevlar cocoon. The Carkoon is a new child seat developed by British company Cool Technologies that wraps your child in protective Kevlar and a fireproof Nomex airbag upon impact. It even calls emergency services for you.
When deployed, the airbag shields the entire exposed portion of the car seat, protecting the child inside from flying objects (or flames) inside the car using the same materials used in body armor and fireproof suits. And should the driver be incapacitated, an emergency transmitter begins beaming the GPS coordinates of the seat to emergency channels. Which means you can rest assured that although you may be on fire, junior is comfortably awaiting help to arrive.
The seat is currently a prototype but could go on sale as early as next year for around $800, cheaper than your designer stroller.
Neat! I like it! I want more of it! I am all for safety for our kids!
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The kid can still breathe under that... Right?
this looks an awful lot like a bear trap with a baby inside...
This is a cool idea--like a potato bug shield!
They should call it something similar!
We had something like this on our A-4's. But it was designed for nuclear blasts.
Look up "A-4E nuclear cockpit shield"
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Whew.. that was a close one... Hey, where did your hands and feet go?
*keep all hands and feet in the ride at all times or loss of limbs may occur.
In space, no one can hear a tree fall in the forest.
It's also a bit like the escape capsules used in the B58 Hustler. I like it as long as there is a way to make sure that the baby is out of the way before it slams shut.
I Would be concerned about it collapsing/deflatting after the accident. if the response was not fast enough, this could sufficate a child that would have otherwise survived. I think i'd rather see a ridgid polycarbonate or carbon/kevlar sheild. However, I would like to see an improved emergency release system coupled with a floatation system. that's one of my biggest fears, if we went off into water, how long would it take to get the baby out, and would it be able to float to the surface if something happened to me.
The first question is how much safer would it be than correctly using a normal child-seat? And then, where does that tiny increase in safety rank amongst all the threats to an average child? Safety, like everything else, suffers from diminishing returns. Might the extra $700 instead be better spent childproofing the home or hiring a better babysitter or buying better or organic food for the child, etc?
I mean... winning the lottery jackpot is certainly a possibility but, statistically speaking, buying $1 million life insurance on your spouse has a FAR higher chance at payout on a risk/reward basis. So all things have their place in the world of mathematical probability.
Proper use of a child seat wont make it invulnerable to fire or projectiles.
I believe Superman as a baby, arrive to Earth in one of those things.
@Marcoreid I would hope that this is not the FIRST and foremost safety device that a parent would purchase for their child, lol. I mean, More kids die each year from very simple, and preventable, causes than in car crashes. However, a person that is uber-protective of their child (as I am of mine) would ensure that they had all measures in place that they (I) can afford. This is a little ridiculous.
ps. I paid $200 for our Dolce stroller (j/k)
This amazing Carkoon baby car seat looks like it would be on BBC Dragons' Den. The only problem there is that the dragons are so obviously "not serious investors and only put cash up when they can pillage an unfair stake in the company and preferential shares." - my husband is an investment banker and that's what he says! So, I hope the inventors do not subject such a great invention to unsophisticated and abusive nonsense . I remember when the inventor of the original airbag went out trying to raise investment with a steering wheel on a stand and every time he demonstrated it the investors told him it looked too dangerous. Now there are 8-12 in every car on the planet. Well done to British innovation for this new car seat!