Bishop Curry of McKinney, Texas doesn’t plan to have the kind of summer you’d expect of any other 10-year-old. Instead of going to camp or watching cartoons all day, Bishop is working to help prevent hot-car deaths.
What started out as an idea has transformed into a movement as Curry’s developed a device that could seriously cut down the number of infants who die after being left in hot cars. The device he created will be attached to a car seat and start to blow cool air if the temperature inside the car has gotten too hot. A signal will then be sent to both authorities and the parents to get the child out of harms way.
To help his device get to as many people as possible. Curry’s family started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for legal fees and seeking out proper distribution. With an initial goal of $20,000, the campaign has already raised more than $23,000.
“Thanks to all of your support Bishop’s Oasis invention patent documentation is with the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” the family wrote in an update on the page. “This has definitely been an amazing journey for Bishop and he is anxiously awaiting to hear back from to USPTO and begin the manufacturing process so that parents can have access to this technology. This year 11 children have already succumbed to hot car heat stroke. Please pray that caretakers will be mindful of their children and the dangers of vehicles in hot climates. Thanks again.”
Bishop first got the idea when a baby who lived down the street from him died after being left in a hot car. The New York Post reports that 712 children have died in similar fashion since 1998. 12 have already died this year.
Hopefully, the developers that Bishop already has lined up will be able to work with him and this device will become the next big thing in childcare.