Living here in Texas, I sometimes hear news of a child dying tragically in a hot car. This kind of news is incredibly heart wrenching, but Bishop Curry V, a 10-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas has invented a device that could potentially save children from such a tragedy. He had heard of a child’s death near his home and having a baby sister, was inspired to try to find a way to save lives. Bishop has named his device “Oasis” and has developed a 3D model of it thus far (the above photo shows Bishop holding the model; photo from Curiosity). The concept is that the Oasis will sit at the top of a car seat to “detect when a child has been left inside a hot vehicle and alert parents to the child’s situation. The device will also come with the technology to help cool down the child while he or she waits to be rescued” (from Bishop’s GoFundMe website). Bishop has already raised $48,000 of his $20,000 goal since January 2017 to develop the device. “ALL of the funds that you donate will go towards the attorney fees needed to finalize the patent, prototyping fees, and to help identify a manufacturer” (GoFundMe website). Bishop Curry V and his father, Bishop Curry IV, an engineer from Toyota’s American Headquarters in Plano, Texas, have presented the invention at an auto safety conference in Michigan (from nbcdfw.com). You rock Bishop! I can’t wait to see the Oasis in stores! Perhaps it should be preinstalled on all car seats…
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Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She's worked as a research technician and an end user services tech before becoming a stay-at-home mom and home educator. Her continued interest in technology led her to join the Gadgeteer team in 2014.