11-Year-Old Texas Boy Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

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For an 11-year-old boy, he’s unusually curious about big-picture problems, his dad says — from natural disasters to civil rights. And he’s always loved to tinker.

That’s why it wasn’t a surprise when Bishop, after seeing an upsetting local news report about a 6-month-old who died when left in a hot car, resolved to make sure something like that never happened again.

“I was like, ‘This would be my one-way shot to actually helping people,'” Bishop told NBC News.

So Bishop, in his McKinney, Texas home, drew a mock-up of a device that would sense if a child is left alone in a car. The device, attached to a headrest or car seat, would then alert parents’ phones and the police — all while blowing cold air until help arrives.

He calls the device “Oasis.”

“It’s like texting,” Bishop said. “But without emojis.”

His dad, an engineer at Toyota also named Bishop Curry, was immediately sold on the idea: “My thought was, ‘Why isn’t this in stores now?'”

Toyota was so impressed by Bishop’s idea that it sent him and his dad to Michigan for a safety conference.

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