Frank Stephenson, the designer of several well-known BMW, Ferrari and Maserati models, has worked with babyark to design a new baby seat that meets the highest standards of safety by using impact-absorbing technology, digital components and an advanced material construction.
Inspired by aerospace engineering, performance cars and the structural simplicity of an egg, Frank Stephenson Design came up with a baby seat that “has been curated to retain structural integrity and blend ergonomics with organic design”.
The babyark seat has been constructed using a military-grade, carbon-fiber frame with energy-absorbing SafeCoil technology. SafeCoil is a steel-based shock absorption system that has been developed to slow the seat’s forward momentum in a controlled and safe manner.
Enhancing safety further is a side impact protection system called BioArk which drew inspiration from a woodpecker’s plate-like natural protection system. Furthermore, integrated accelerometers and gyroscopes record crash forces and determine whether a seat can be reused after an accident.
A total of 14 sensors feature within the seat’s base, capable of monitoring an array of parameters. The babyark seat can also notify users that the seat is installed correctly, in addition to letting users know that the seat is properly buckled. All of these notifications are provided via a smartphone application.
“After my time within the automotive industry, I have always wanted to go beyond simply designing vehicle shapes,” explained Frank Stephenson, founder of Frank Stephenson Design. “Safety standards and designs within the industry have evolved significantly, and yet we easily neglect the technology required for child safety. babyark’s disruptive business approach and its exposed design, which takes inspiration from protective shapes in nature around us, aims to embrace the occupant and provide safety and luxury for users.
“Blended with timeless design, babyark is a remarkable, high-end product that ensures peace of mind for parents across the world. I’m extremely proud of the uncompromising commitment to safety and the joy I experienced designing my first children’s product.”
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