In 2016 alone, 39 children died in the US because they were left inside a car in sweltering conditions. Almost every state has experienced at least one death since 1998. In 2018, a record number of 53 children died after being left in a hot vehicle, closely followed in 2019 with 52 deaths.
In 2016, at the age of ten, Bishop Curry V came up with a concept for a device that can help to prevent hot car deaths after he had heard about a baby dying in a hot minivan near his home in Texas. His father, who is an employee at Toyota, told them about his son’s idea. After that, Bishop V met with a senior executive engineer at Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center in Michigan, and together they started working on the device which he named “Oasis.”
“I heard about babies dying in car seats, and they could have grown up to be somebody important,” – Bishop said.
Oasis received a patent in April of 2018. When using this device and a child is left in a hot car seat, it uses a fan system to cool the child and the car. It sends an alert to the parents but also alerts authorities if the parents don’t react. All the prototypes of Oasis have been handmade in his garage. However, his ultimate goal is to have a functional prototype to help with getting Oasis manufactured. With the help of Kickr Design, a company allows investors to build products and connects with manufacturers to bring products to the market.
The Curry family opened a GoFundme page on June 14, 2018. According to the Curry family, In January of 2019, Bishop finalized Oasis with his engineering team at Kickr Design. Baby Jogger requested that he submit his patent to their research department. However, they are hopeful that Baby Jogger or another car seat company decides to implement his technology into their car seats. As of April of 2019, the GoFundme campaign closed with receiving $46,925. Bishop recently finished the engineering phase of Oasis and is now actively seeking a manufacturer.
Where is Bishop Curry V now and his Oasis invention? including TedxPlano talk, he has recently been traveling around the country giving talks at conventions about his device and encouraging kids saying, “Don’t let age limit your possibilities… don’t let limited resources limit your dreams… and make ‘helping’ be your highest priority.”
10-Year-Old Boy uses 3D Printing to Save Lives …. https://www.treatstock.com/blog/bishop-curry-oasis
Hot Car Deaths – Injury Facts. https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/motor-vehicle-safety-issues/hotcars/
Help Bishop end Hot Car Deaths – GoFundMe. https://www.gofundme.com/f/end-child-hot-car-deaths-phase-2