Monday, July 03, 2017

10-year-old invents device to stop babies from dying in hot cars

A 10-year-old entrepreneur has invented a device that could stop babies dying in hot cars.
Big-hearted Bishop Curry V created the device after hearing about a six-month-old boy from his town who died in a sweltering mini van.
The device - called the Oasis - works by blowing cold air if
a child is left in its car seat by accident, while also alerting the parents.
Last year 39 toddlers died as a result of being left inside hot cars in the US - the highest number of deaths in three years.
Texas, where Bishop lives, recorded the most deaths in one state, with nine cases. So the fifth grader decided to do something about the problem.
Curry explained that the idea for the device came to him last summer after a little boy called Fern died near his home in McKinney, Texas.
“There was like a car death and then like a month later there was another one, and then the third one (and) it kind of popped into my head,” he said.
Bishop's dad Bishop B. Curry IV told The Anna Melissa Tribute the tragedy hit his son hard because he has a one-year-old sister.
He added: "Sometimes babies fall asleep and they're really quiet, so if you're rushing home from work or you're rushing to the grocery store, I could see how somebody could forget".
Bishop's device would see it attach to a car seat and it would detect if a child were left inside vehicle blowing cool air until parents and authorities are notified.
The fifth grader has a patent pending on his idea and his dad, who works as an engineer for Toyota, has even alerted company bosses of the invention.
Writing on a GoFundMe page set up to help further Bishop's invention, his dad wrote: "We live in Texas where hot car deaths are far too common."Bishop already has a provisional patent and a 3D model of his invention.
"Based on guidance from our legal team $20K is the minimum that it will take to help Bishop complete his journey to save lives."
Last year, Bishop took his idea to the Center for Child Injury Prevention Conference where he presented it to car seat manufacturers.
“It’s really important to me because I didn’t think a kid my age would be able to go this far,” he said.  And while Curry’s idea has a long way before it becomes a reality, he has thought about seeing his invention for the first time.
“I’d be like, ‘What?’” he said. “I’d probably pinch myself to see if I was dreaming.”
"It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives," he added.

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