This device created by a 10-year-old boy will help save infants who are left in hot cars
While a baby being left in a car is not something we ever want to happen, children dying in hot cars is unfortunately more common than you’d think. But one 10-year-old boy in Texas has created an invention to help save infants from this terrible fate.
After he learned about a baby dying in a hot minivan near his house, fifth grader Bishop Curry V used the power of his amazing brain to come up with a solution. Bishop’s invention is called the Oasis and according to his family’s GoFundMe page:
"Saddened by a hot car death in his town, Bishop aspires to build a car seat or car seat cover that will detect when a child has been left inside a hot vehicle and alert parents to the child's situation. The car seat will also come with the technology to help cool down the child while he or she waits to be rescued."
Creating things is nothing new for Bishop (he has a homemade catapult — technically a “trebuchet” — in his front yard), but his latest invention could save lives. The local Texas NBC news station reported that 39 children died of heat stroke in hot car-related incidents in 2016 and seven were in Texas, according to a San Jose State University meteorologist, so Bishop’s invention is devastatingly needed.
Bishop has already created a clay prototype of the Oasis and has a provisional patent. And though this smart kid can take all the credit, it does help that his father is an engineer for Toyota.
As Bishop has a baby sister of his own, this 10-year-old wants to keep other infants safe from these highly avoidable deaths. And we couldn’t be more impressed with his ingenuity and compassion.