According to statistics, since 1998 around 712 children are thought to have died from heatstroke in the US alone after being left in hot vehicles. But thanks to one bright 10-year-old boy called Bishop Curry from McKinney, Texas, tragic and preventable deaths like these could soon be a thing of the past.
The fifth grader has invented something called the Oasis, a clever little gadget that monitors the temperature inside the car. Once it gets to a certain level, the device emits cool air while simultaneously alerting parents and authorities via an antenna. The idea for the Oasis came to Bishop after he learned that his neighbour’s 6-month-old infant had died from being in an overheated car, and although he only has a 3-D clay model of the device at the moment, he and his father have so far managed to raise over $24,000 for their invention on GoFundMe. The money will go towards manufacturing the device as well as securing the patent for it, so if you haven’t already, head on over to their fundraising page and help to bring this brilliant project to life.
10-year-old Bishop Curry has created a device that may help save young lives. His father commented ‘If you’re rushing home from work, or you’re rushing to the grocery store, I could see how somebody could forget.’
In order to reverse fatal results when something like that happens, this simple 3D printed item could be the first step to the solution.
The device would be attached to a baby’s car seat. It has the ability to detect whether or not an infant has been left behind.
‘It kind of just sits up there,’ Bishop explained. When activated, the device would then blow cold air onto the child until authorities and the parents are alerted.
Bishop hopes to create several devices in order to save as many lives as he can. If this was in every car, it would not only prevent unfortunate situations but it would also be an effective safety regulation.