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Genius, 11, Invents Device to Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars


He’s only 11-years-old but he’s already destined for big things. 

Because Bishop Curry has invented a device that could potentially save dozens of lives.

And it all started after he saw a local news report about a six-month-old who died after being left in a hot car.

Within hours of hearing the upsetting news, Bishop decided to come up with a solution – a fan that would automatically turn on when it detects the inside of a car has reached a certain temperature.

His father, Bishop Curry IV, told CBS News: ‘It made him sad, and at that point, the wheels started turning in his mind. He came up with a way to prevent it from happening.’

‘When he showed me that sketch I was so proud of him for thinking of a solution. We always just complain about things and rarely offer solutions.’

The device, named ‘Oasis’, would work by being place on a headrest, in the front or the back, depending on the age of the child and where their car seat is facing.

Genius, 11, invents device to prevent child deaths in hot cars
The device, named ‘Oasis’, would work by being place on a headrest, in the front or the back, depending on the age of the child and where their car seat is facing.  (Picture: NBC News)
Genius, 11, invents device to prevent child deaths in hot cars
Bishop came up with the idea after hearing the upsetting news about a six-month-old baby dying in his town (Picture: NBC News)

Mr Curry added: ‘The device detects if vehicle comes to stop, using GPS technology. It then detects if a child is in that car seat, and if the car is heating up.

‘If all of those things are taking place it blows cold air on the child through an internal cooling system.’

Bishop also decided to add Wi-Fi to the device in case a child needs to be rescued from a dangerous situation.

Genius, 11, invents device to prevent child deaths in hot cars
Bishop decided to add Wi-Fi to the device in case a child needs to be rescued from a dangerous situation.  (Picture: NBC News)

A built-in antenna would use the Wi-Fi to contact parents and if they don’t answer, it would contact emergency services.

The 11-year-old has since presented his invention to car seat manufacturers at the Centre for Child Injury Prevention Conference.

Several manufacturers showed interest in the product, but no decisions have been made as of yet as the device still needs to undergo testing before it’s ready to hit stores.

Genius, 11, invents device to prevent child deaths in hot cars
His dad, Bishop, said the device is designed to buy time and give parents a second chance to run out and get their kids (Picture: NBC News)

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign for Bishop has raised more than $40,000 (£32,166) since it launched in January and has helped him get a provisional patent and build a 3D model of the device.

Around 37 children die each year in hot cars in the US, and Bishop believes these accidents could be prevented with Oasis.

Mr Curry said: ‘This device is designed to buy time and give parents a second chance to run out and get their kids. He’s trying to delay a tragic event by doing something that really makes sense.’

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