Midstate 12-year-old's invention gets world's attention - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Kid's invention to prevent parents leaving children in cars gets world's attention

Posted: Updated:
Andrew Schuler, 12, invented the EZ Baby Saver. Andrew Schuler, 12, invented the EZ Baby Saver.
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:50:06 GMT
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
  • McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:46:31 GMT
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
  • Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:59:20 GMT
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Andrew Schuler, 12, has been inventing things for years.

"My grandmother, she bought me a bunch of Legos when I was kid so that just started the ball rolling," he said.

Last year, he entered a rubber band youth inventors contest.

"I was having a brain block. So, I couldn't think of anything and then I read an article about a woman in our neighborhood who had left her child in a car, so I thought maybe I could make something with the rubber bands to help that situation," Schuler said.

He came up with "The EZ Baby Saver."

"You take the EZ Baby Saver and, as your getting in your car seat, you attach it to the door handle like so. When you're getting out of the car you see oh you know this bright flashing rubber band you're like oh you know my child is still in the car," Schuler explained.

Schuler won $500, bought a computer, then made a website.  

Recently a judge sent a Smyrna woman to jail for leaving her two children in a hot car. Shortly after, Schuler's website went viral, generating thousands of hits and shares on Facebook and thousands of other hits on his website. 

"It was something crazy like 26,000 and there were people from all over the world people from Germany, Australia, even people in Japan looking at it," Schuler said.

It's just rubber bands and duct tape.

"Instead of using gray, if you had a brighter color then you would notice it more," Schuler said

It's designed to save lives. 

"It could happen to anyone," he said. 

Schuler said he's not in it for the fortune and fame.

"I don't really care about having the publicity."

He posted directions on his website so others can make their own.  

"I didn't make it where people had to pay for it and they could just make it themselves and it would just kind of raise awareness and it would make society a better place," Schuler said. 

A Brentwood father of three recently created a smartphone app designed to fight the same problem. The app determines when the car has stopped moving for more than three minutes. An alert then goes to the phone asking "Did you remember the kids?" You can find the app on iTunes for $1.99.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow