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A Smart Headband That Keeps Your Kids Safe (and Forever Alone)

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No one wants their young kids to fall into an unattended pool. It's (one of) a parent's (many) worst nightmare(s). iSwimband is designed to let you know immediately if the worst should happen. And probably also to keep your kids from making any friends.

The concept of iSwimband is simple: it's a water-detecting bluetooth sensor that, when attached to your progeny, will send an alert to your phone if they're in the water. For the littlest ones, it can work as a bracelet and be configured to send out an alarm if there's any contact with water. For bigger kids it can be set to only freak out if the contact with water is severe and prolonged enough to be troubling—perhaps while flailing around with a throng of other children in the deep end of the public pool—hence the wonderful third-eye look.


The sensor and headbands are currently available for a cool $100, a small price to pay for having peace of mind if for some reason you really really do have to leave your offspring alone in the presence of a basin of water large enough to drown in. Outfitting your child with a neon headband that screams "Mom and Dad don't trust me to doggy-paddle but I refuse to wear water-wings" is of course priceless. [iSwimband via Engadget]