A 10-year-old boy from Texas has invented a gadget that can save the lives of young children left in hot cars accidentally. The schoolboy Bishop Curry has spend his summer holidays developing this device which is a small box with air ducts that blow cool air when it becomes too hot inside the car. The antenna alerts the parents and emergency services.
Bishop from McKinney told Fox News that he got a patent for his device and it should be approved this year.
The schoolboy said he came up with the idea “when a baby named Fern died down the street” due to a hot car and he saw the story on news.”
He desperately wants to help and try to save people’s lives.
He and his family already have a number of manufacturers lined up to build the device that he calls the Oasis. They have raised for the moment $20,000 (£15,800) through a crowdfunding campaign to help fund his creation.
“We live in Texas where hot car deaths are far too common,” the boy’s father, also called Bishop Curry, wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“Bishop already has a provisional patent and a 3D model of his invention.
He continued: “Bishop is a 5th grader who is fascinated with making things. From creating a home-made catapult and ping pong ball cannon, to thinking of ways to melt ice and snow on roads without using salt.”
The young boy also told NBC that “it would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives”.
The number of children who have died from heatstroke since 1998 is heartbreaking, to say the least. The high number of heatstroke dates are often in line with children getting locked in hot cars for long periods of time without access to cold water or fresh air. Over 17 lives have been lost in senseless and preventable ways and more than 36 kids die in hot cars every year and not all states have laws to stop it. It is definitely a summer topic and a thought that makes parents shiver.
At the moment we have very few solutions to help prevent children from dying from heatstroke. This device is truly incredible.
If you want to learn more about it you can watch the video below!