As any parent can tell you, children are sneaky. And quick. And when you combine sneaky with quick you get a force to be reckoned with. Because it doesn’t matter how good a parent you are, it doesn’t matter how closely you watch them, it doesn’t matter how diligent you are about tracking their behaviour as well as who they’re with and where they are…they’re going to slip away. It can literally happen in an instant. I once lost my sister’s children in the course of making change at a garage sale (it turned out they had decided to go to the backyard, but it scared the life out of me for a couple of minutes).

The folks at BleepBleeps know the feeling, and they’ve begun a Kickstarter project to give parents a little extra help. Sammy Screamer is the first in what they hope to be a full line of products that will aid parents in keeping track of their children, and I really hope they get off the ground. It runs on a regular coin-type battery (said to last about six months with moderate use), and is compatible with any iOS or Android Bluetooth 4.0 device.

Sammy Screamer is a motion detector that is small enough to be attached to just about anything. If you have a child who is prone to climbing out of his/her crib, stick it on the side where the vibrations will set it off. If your child has a habit of sneaking into the yard (like my niece and nephew), stick it on your back door. You can even stick it on your refrigerator in case your kids have a habit of sneaking snacks. Wherever you need it, Sammy Screamer is there to keep an eye on your kids’ activities. It pairs with the BleepBleeps app via Bluetooth up to 50 m (164 ft), and you can adjust both the volume of the beep and the sensitivity to vibration through the app.

As I said, this is currently a Kickstarter project, with about three weeks to go, where a pledge of $65.00 US or more will get you the Screamer, the free app, and free worldwide shipping (BleepBleeps is based in London). Expected delivery is August of this year. Check out the video below for a full explanation of how she works.



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