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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Keep Kids Safe In Cars With Payton’s Charm

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

You’ve heard stories about children, disabled elders, or even pets getting trapped or left inside a hot car. While your first reaction may be, “How could that happen?”, the truth is that it could happen to any of us.  And sadly it happens more often than you think.  While we can’t make someone remember who or what is in his or her backseat, we can help detect what’s in the car when the driver is away. Payton’s Charm is a life-detecting system that monitors the vehicle’s cabin air and alerts you when there is a problem. It takes the guess work out of “could this happen to me?” and provides a solution for “if this happens to me.”

Our patented algorithm monitors the C02 level and temperature in a car to detect life and environmental conditions. Once it crosses a threshold for life-threatening conditions, the internal cellular modem sends a text message to the owner, and then to a secondary number. If those two fail to respond, Payton’s Charm contacts emergency services to save the life inside the car.  Payton’s Charm is unlike other devices on the market because it passively monitors the vehicle. Once it is set up and plugged in, the driver doesn’t have to do anything else. Payton’s Charm knows when the vehicle is moving and knows when it has stopped.

You don’t have to turn anything on or off, clip anything, push anything, or attach anything. It passively works regardless of user input.  As long as it is plugged in or charged, you are good to go. And if the battery runs low or something isn’t connected correctly, Payton’s Charm will let you know.  Payton’s Charm works through a cellular connection and one year of service is included in the purchase price. After the first year of service, you’ll pay a low monthly fee to keep your device continuously connected.

As of January 14th, this project has raised $6,000 of their $100,000 goal. This project has 3 days left to raise the $100,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $1, you will get project updates.  For a pledge of $201, you will get one Payton’s Charm device.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: