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At 12-Years-Old He Patented Invention To Stop Child Hot Car Deaths

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Bishop Curry heard that a neighboring family lost their 6-year-old child. It was a hot summer day in Texas and unfortunately, tragedy struck. Curry, a child himself, simply figured that no one should feel the sting of that pain again and so he decided to do something about it. Bishop went to work, sketching out a prototype for a device that he would later name “Oasis.” With the help of thousands of online supporters, Bishop raised over $50,000 and successfully patented the device.

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Oasis attaches to a headrest or car seat. It detects motion in car seats, which indicates a child is still present. If the car becomes overheated it alerts emergency services that a child has been left in a hot car and sends an alert to the parents’ phones — all while blowing cool air until emergency help physically arrives. Not bad for a kid inventor. Bishop’s dad is an engineer for Toyota and even he was impressed; he saw the potential in the idea and immediately began supporting his son. Toyota was also impressed, opting to send the pair all the way to Michigan for a safety conference.

About 37 children die annually after being trapped inside of hot vehicles. After raising $50,000 on Go Fund Me, Bishop was able to secure a patent for Oasis, moving him a step closer to bringing the product to market so that 37 kids a year can be saved. This is an invention that is sure to save lives and also further a rich legacy of Black inventors. Let’s all salute Bishop for his tireless work to make our world safer, for children.

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D'Juan Hopewell
I care about Black Power. Period. Currently working on creating jobs and funding new startups on the South Side of Chicago and writing here and there at HopewellThought.com. Follow me @HopewellThought.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you, but it is a shame I saw so many other articles about this wonderful young inventor, but nothing actually citing his intellectual property. I finally found it using extreme search measures. We should also be linking to the actual invention he built because that is the most important thing, exposure to his IP, which helps generate more black wealth and education, and black inventor awareness. Large companies do this, it helps. Here is a link to his Patent:
    https://patents.google.com/patent/US9937830B1/en?inventor=V+Bishop+Benjamin+Curry

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