What were you doing when you were 11? Perhaps running around the local park with your friends or getting up to mischief at home? Well one 11-year-old in Texas has invented a device that could prevent hot car deaths.
CBS News reports that, 12 months ago, local resident Bishop Curry watched a news report about a 6-month-old who died after being left in a hot car. Immediately after watching the report, Curry began working on a prototype to stop such needless deaths.
Curry’s original creation consisted of a fan that could turn on automatically when the inside of the car reaches a certain temperature and could be placed on a headrest facing the child. According to Curry’s father, Bishop Curry IV, the 11-year-old then added a GPS to the device.
“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,” Curry said.
Not fully satisfied with his initial creation, Bishop then incorporated WiFi into his device, dubbed Oasis, meaning it is capable of contacting the child’s parents if it is discovered that they have been left in the car.
In the months since launching a GoFundMe campaign in January, Curry has built a 3D model of the device and, with his father, presented it to a number of car seat manufacturers who reportedly showed some interest.