A 10-year-old Texan has invented a device that can prevent an infant death in a hot car.
Bishop Curry V is a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Melissa Ridge Intermediate School. He is the son of Bishop Curry IV, an operational process engineer who works at Toyota Financial Services, located in Plano, Texas. With that job, his dad knows only too well the dangers of a car in direct heat and what can happen to an infant when left unattended inside a car which is exposed to direct heat.
“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,” Curry IV told NBC.
The device is still in the prototype stage, and there’s only a clay model for it, but Bishop V already has a provisional patent.
It would detect if there’s a baby in the car, and would then blow cold air on the baby to prevent it from overheating until parents/authorities arrived. It attaches either to a car seat or an actual seat, and it also alerts the police in the area via a text saying that the child has been left unattended. The device’s working name is “Oasis”, and the idea has already been presented to the Center for Child Injury Prevention Stories in Michigan.
Bishop told the local NBC news station that he got this idea after hearing about a baby dying in a hot minivan, just outside of a home in the small town of Melissa, Texas.
“I heard about babies dying in car seats and they could have grown up to be somebody important,” the middle-schooler told Toyota, who was informed of the invention by Bishop’s proud dad. “It makes me pretty upset,” said Bishop, who has a one-year-old sister of his own. The Curry family has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed to get Bishop’s invention patented and move into the manufacturing stage.
The Curry family has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed to get Bishop’s invention patented and move into the manufacturing stage.
Each year, on average about 37 children die due to being left unattended in hot vehicles. It’s a big problem and it can happen to any parents, not just the so-called “forgetful” moms and dads. Toyota’s involvement in this project should hopefully get Bishop’s device, or something similar to it, become standard issue for any parent of young children.