The baby transport of the future takes its cues from the past.
Here is an all-too-common city scene: a mom, a baby, and a giant stroller, all three of them stuck at the bottom of a flight of subway stairs. The mother, on behalf of baby and giant stroller, asks strangers to help her lift her load up to daylight.
There are worse things in the world, sure -- and said strangers are, nicely, almost always happy to help -- but the scene is a reminder of how immobilizing strollers can be for the parents who rely on them for mobility. Particularly in cities, where stroller-pushers must contend with, among other things: stairs, doors, revolving doors, sidewalks with cracked cement, streets with potholes, and more stairs. The carriage can be as unwieldy as its cargo.
Which is to say: The stroller space is ripe for disruption.
Enter the BuzzyBaby. A team of students from MIT and the Rhode Island School of Design collaborated to create the futuristic baby-moving device, which is not so much a stroller as a system of infant transport. The key innovation is a sling and a shoulder strap that attach to the baby, the stroller, and the parent -- so that the parent can sling the stroller on to carry it around while resting the kid on his or her hip. That's useful in particular for stairs -- but also for any situation in which it'd be more practical to carry, rather than push, a stroller. The sling snaps into and out of the shoulder frame via a removal pad that fits into most brands of lightweight strollers. As The Boston Globe notes, "the harness acts much like a universal remote control, providing one device to connect several."