Dozens of children die each year from being left unattended in hot cars, even by the most well-intentioned of parents and caregivers. We can all agree that even one death from roasting inside of a hot car is too many to be considered acceptable, and people all over the western world have been scrambling to come up with tips and tricks to help adults remember the precious cargo strapped into the backseat. Methods like putting one shoe in the back seat before taking off to your destination are becoming increasingly spread over social media, with a mixed bag of reactions.
One fifth-grader’s invention, however, is yielding nothing but positive responses. Bishop Curry is a 10-year-old Texas student and a brilliant young inventor. His device is called The Oasis, and it’s designed to help keep children safe and alert parents and caregivers to the heat inside of their car.
Bishop was deeply saddened at the hot car-related death of a six-month-old child in his neighborhood, and it spurred him onward to create The Oasis.
The Oasis essentially works as it is fixed to the child’s car seat to detect whether there is a body in the seat when the car is stationary. Once the car reaches a certain temperature, the device releases cool air to help make the space more comfortable for the child while a specialized antenna signals the car’s owner to come back to their vehicle.
Bishop’s father, who is also named Bishop, is an employee at Toyota. After pitching the idea to his bosses, the company decided to send the two Bishop Currys to the Toyota Technical Center in Detroit. It was here at the son got to see his product being tested out.
None of the technology that goes into The Oasis is new. We already have devices that can induce cooling, measure weight and emit signals to help us find things like our cell phones and our keys. But what young Bishop Curry has done is cleverly combine all of these technologies that we use in our day-to-day lives to create a device that could end up saving precious lives.
The Oasis also has a GoFundMe page aimed at helping Bishop meet the costs of development.