Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ten-year-old Texas boy invents device to prevent infant deaths in hot cars

When fifth-grader Bishop Curry V learned about the death of an infant in a hot car near his home in McKinney Texas, he was sad. When he realized he rode right past the infant's house every day on his way to school, the horrible story became personal. He decided to act.

Always in his yard tinkering on an invention or two, Bishop set to work. He has created a prototype of a device he calls 'Oasis.' Part sensor and part activator, the device will attach to the car seat and blow cool air on the infant if a high temperature is detected. It will also send out a signal to notify parents and authorities of the infant's danger.

Bishop has received a provisional patent on the idea and has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a full patent. With the help of his father, Bishop Curry IV, an engineer for Toyota, the 10-year-old presented his prototype to car manufacturers at the Child Injury Prevention Conference last year.

With infant hot car deaths averaging 37 per year, Bishop hopes his device will be a life-saver. I for one can't wait to see what this big-hearted prodigy does next.

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