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Mother and Child - DFRobot Bluno Beetle

A pair of Bluetooth connected flower brooches sends alert to mother when the child is out of proximity. When close by, both light up.

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This project was first published on Hackster.io. My mother told me a story about a time I played a prank on her. I was 3 years old. She took me out shopping. While she was browsing some clothes, I disappeared. She was devastated. She looked for me everywhere and had the store broadcast my name. It might have been a couple of hours of searching in vain until she noticed a pair of tiny feet underneath a giant coat on a mannequin - I was hiding inside the coat the whole time, sweating and giggling. It was funny for me but a nightmare for my mom.There are always stories about kids go missing due to various reasons. Parents shouldn't be overprotective but in public areas they need to keep kids in sight.

I like exploring human-human interactions through technology. You may remember my earlier Bluetooth-pairing project to encourage strangers to interact in friendly ways. This project aims to help mothers keep their children by their side.

On the mother's there is a pilot light, which lights up when hers is turned on. Then it switches to a different set of lights when it is paired with the child's. It's shown in the video but I should probably describe it better. The reason for turning off the child's light when they are away is because kids like the lights to be on. So if it lights up when they are away, they'll prefer being away from mom. 😃 So I decided to turn lights off when they are away so they will try to get back to mom.

There are always stories about kids go missing due to various reasons. Parents shouldn't be overprotective but in public areas they need to keep kids in sight. Tracking devices exist. But can we create some interactive behaviors that can be more effective?

I had this idea for a long time (over a year? Two years?), finally got some time to implement it. It's a result of various inspirations coming together.

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