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Everyone is Talking About the New Round Car Seat. What's Your Take?

carrocker3 It's amazing how many people have visited this site specifically because we had a photo of the round baby car seat. And the chatter about it is equally amazing. If you saw the show, you saw that it uses basic physics to work against the forces of a car accident. The baby seat rocks - helping protect the baby inside. Will it work? Who knows. But congrats to the judges for moving this one forward to see if this show can actually be used to "improve" a product concept. If this one can work... it could be huge.

carseatrocker As a parent, I'll tell you, we've spent tons of money on baby safety products. The market is obviously enormous. And if there's a better car seat out there, or the potential for one, it would sell like gangbusters. The Britax car seat is known as one of the best on the market. And it's VERY expensive. And guess what, a top seller as well. Why? Because it works better, even if just a bit better, than the rest of the products on the market. In other words, what Mary said was dead on. To make an improvement, even just a few percent improvement, on a life saving product, will do wonders and make big money. But that's my opinion. What do you all think?

Comments
Apr 7, 2006
by Alexis

mom

I'm a mom and I completely agree. I would spend a TON of money on a product if it kept my kids safer. Some people have voiced their concern about whether the car seat would actually work. One point that I agree with is if it constantly moves when the car stops or goes, it could injure the child. Someone else suggested a lock mechanism - so it would unlock upon impact. Similiar to what triggers airbags. I would love to see this come to market.

Apr 8, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

How can this be approved? It

How can this be approved? It doesn't look safe at all. At a high speed crash (every American at one time or another will experience it) that baby will go flying through the seat and hit the windshied.

Apr 8, 2006
by Michelle
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I think this will be one of

I think this will be one of the great inventions. I think it wil be easy enough to put a pressurized turn on it so when the seat starts moving too quickly, there are gears that shift it slowly so the baby still goes around but very slowly.

Its just an issue of creating the right amount of resistance.

To me, it amkes total sense and I LOVE the idea. Sheer Brilliance!

Apr 8, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Details

Is the baby strapped inside or simply reclining in a form fitting seat? Can the baby climb out? Is there an age/size restriction or can the technology be used for even adults? Climb into the eggmobile! I really do hope this leads to something great. It would be good for the show's ratings.

Apr 9, 2006
by Kelsie (not verified)

If the baby isn't already

If the baby isn't already straped in with the prototype, I'm sure that will be one of the first improvements (given he gets to the next round). I was wondering about size restrictions too, and the only thing I can figure out, is that the seat is so much bigger looking that car seats avaliable now, so it might only be feasable for infants/small children. I'm really interested in seeing this move on and seeing if hte bugs can be worked out!

Apr 9, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

If there are straps holding

If there are straps holding the baby in, it shouldn't be any more dangerous than regular car seats.

Apr 9, 2006
by Ironponyfabrication

Impact studies have spent little time on infants.

With this said. I would say that because of the fact that the seat pivots to allow the largest possible area to absorb the impact, It would seem that at first look it might reduce the effects of the impact on a baby. If it can do that it will save lives. The problem is the G forces involved in a car crash. Babys can survive tremendous impacts, We have all heard the stories about babys getting dropped (Accidently of course) Or surviving other kinds of impacts. But no one really knows what happens when a baby is subjected to huge G forces. It's kinda hard to get volunteers if you know what I mean. So almost everything that is know about the subject is from accident investigation. And medical evidence about babys bodies in general. But purely from a engineering standpoint it makes sense to maximize the impact area. And dampners would be easy to add to keep unneeded movement to a mininum. And from what I have seen solving the problems of excess movement. And adapting it to fit differnt size cars, and babys would be (Please forgive to pun I just cannot help myself) Childsplay. I think it has a great chance to go to the end. And win the big prize. But if it don't it really should be developed. William

Apr 10, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Car Seat

I am a mom and take that job very seriously. I would love to see this man go on however no one has addressed the fact that children get car sick. Going around and around will only enhance the sickness factor. Am I missing something here or is what I have stated a viable concern?

Apr 10, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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"Am I missing something here

"Am I missing something here or is what I have stated a viable concern?"

William and someone else mentioned "shock absorbers" or a way to limit movement. Maybe something like how an elevator emergency brake works. I hope it makes it, but am interested to see the others that made it we didn't see.

I like the idea of a child safety seat built like a football helmet. You lift the facemask and strap the child inside the impact resistant shell.

Apr 14, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

If it works

This may be it. There are some problems (car sickness, g-forces can kill), but if he can show it works and that it is safe, this is amazing. He is onto something. We'll see if $50k and 4 weeks will be enough.