Boy, 10, Invents Device to Save Kids Left in Hot Cars
A fifth-grader in Texas is working on a device that aims to prevent kids from dying from heatstroke when they are accidentally left inside a hot vehicle.
Bishop Curry V’s device, called Oasis, has a sensor that detects heat inside the car. The moment it gets too hot, the sensor will then prompt the device to start blowing cool air. Oasis will also have an antenna that will immediately alert parents, caregivers, and local authorities that a child was left inside a vehicle and in need of help.
According to the statistics released by NoHeatStroke.org, 712 children were killed from heatstroke after being left inside cars since 1998. All these deaths could have been prevented if only the kids were not left unattended.
Bishop reportedly came up with the idea because a baby in his neighborhood died from being left in a hot car.
“When a baby named Fern died down the street (from a hot car death), I came up with the idea because it was on the news and everything,” says Curry in an interview with Fox News.
According to the young inventor, they have already filed a patent for his design and the approval would most likely be released within the year. As to the actual production of Oasis, Curry and his family said that they already have a couple of manufacturers lined up to make the boy’s idea come to life.
The ongoing development of Oasis has been made possible after Curry and his family launched a GoFundMe campaign that has so far raised more than $20,000.
While the device may help save lives in the future, Jan Null, a meteorologist from San Jose State University who runs NoHeatStroke.org, still says that the effectiveness of the invention will depend on how many would choose to install such a device. “Every device that saves a life is obviously a good one,” she said. “The amount of penetration that they can have and the good they can do is minimized by how many can get put into cars.”
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