Texas boy invents device to prevent hot car deaths
A 10-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, has created a device that will prevent hot car deaths even as the country has seen a spike in the deaths of infants left in cars, with Texas having the highest number of such deaths.
Bishop Curry V, the creator of “Oasis,” said that he felt prompted to take action after a baby died after being left in a hot minivan near where he lived. “I knew exactly where the house was,” his father, Bishop Curry IV said.
The tragedy especially hit his family because they have a one-year-old baby at home.
“Sometimes babies fall asleep and they’re really quiet, so if you’re rushing home from work or you’re rushing to the grocery store, I could see how somebody could forget,” said Curry IV.
But with the Oasis device attached to the car seat, Curry V hopes to stop the trend of children dying in hot cars. The Oasis device will detect if the child has been left behind and will blow cool air until the child’s parents and authorities have been notified.
“It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives,” Curry V said.
The Currys recently presented the idea in Michigan at an auto safety conference, and they have also set up a GoFundMe page to cover the cost of developing Oasis.