Help Bishop end Hot Car Deaths
I am Bishop's dad ( Bishop Curry, IV ) I set up this GoFund me to help my son Bishop, V raise the funds needed for his invention to go from concept to creation. We live in Texas where hot car deaths are far too common. Bishop already has a provisional patent and a 3D model of his invention. Based on guidance from our legal team $20K is the minimum that it will take to help Bishop complete his journey to save lives. ALL of the funds that you donate will go towards the attorney fees needed to finalize the patent, protoyping fees, and to help identify a manufacturer.
Bishop is a 5th grader who is fascinated with making things. From creating a home-made catapult and ping pong ball cannon, to thinking of ways to melt ice and snow on roads without using salt.
His latest idea is getting more attention - a car seat that can help prevent hot car deaths in children.
"I made a clay prototype and the invention's name is Oasis," Curry said.
Saddened by a hot car death of a 6-month-old named Fern in his town, Bishop aspires to build a device that will detect when a child has been left inside a hot vehicle and alert parents to the child's situation. The device will also come with the technology to help cool down the child while he or she waits to be rescued.
If you need help sourcing manufacturers for your product, I will help you 100% free of charge. I have a database of over 3,000 manufacturers in India, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, USA. Currently live in China. I am from Arkansas. Have been in manufacturing my whole life. Father too. Currently in China to manufacture my invention. Would be proud to give you anything you need.
Sounds great, but you need to think through the costs. If you put the whole life support system in the car seat it will be way too expensive. (remember these types of accidents are rare, so you need to get your technology into thousands of seats, just to save one baby....) The car has brains and power. What it needs is a simple baby-detector so it will know to keep the heater or AC on, or sound an alarm, or somehow notify the Owner, 911, OnStar, etc to the emergency. How about just putting a sensor in the car seat and blue tooth communication that tells the car 'baby on board'. Maybe as simple as detecting when the little buckle is clasped and telling the car that? As soon as the baby is strapped in, the car knows it has a life to protect! Ideally, if you can make a proof of concept you can lobby the car and car seat makers to agree to use it. (Or get the government to require it, like they do seatbelts and airbags)
I hope your idea works out for you and all the children lives you may save with your invention, Very good thinking. I also have been thinking of a way to save them from dying in hot cars, a couple of months ago I posted on face book that I thought that I had figured out a way to save children and pets from dying senselessly in hot cars, unfortunately I haven't had the time to work on it . It's a little more complex idea than yours, but sometime simple is better. This is a problem that needs to be fixed, so stay with it and solve the problem. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Don't let anyone or anything stop you, there's a lot of kids counting on you, If you need any help with ideas or working out a problem let me know. I have 11 grand children and 3 great grand children, one of my grand children when he was 2 or 3 almost died in a hot car he climbed into locked it and couldn't get out of, Luckily my wife came home from the store and walked by the car and heard him. Another 5 minutes it probably would have been too late!
You should start a Kickstarter campaign that's a more appropriate platform to raise money for a business development project. You're likely to get much more money on a more appropriate platform.
I am so moved by you and the great work you are doing. My son passed in 2001 after I unknowingly left him in my car. Thank you for working so hard to stop these tragic losses. I am moved beyond words.
I had a few more ideas: Sensor syncs with car proximity sensor when weight is in seat and when keys leave the proximity - similar to how car will not lock if keys are too close and if keys leave proximity, car alarm goes off or windows roll down or car phone dials 911
I have some additional thoughts: A sensor that detects if the baby is in the seat when the keys leave the proximity of the car and then set off the car alarm, as well. A sensor that opens the windows? A sensor that interacts with the vehicles phone and calls 911?
Well done Bishop. You are one very smart young man and are destined to go far in life xo
May I also suggest the ability to also contact 911 if the car gets to a certain temperature.
The Oasis sounds like a cool (no pun intended) device. What I think would be critical to ensure the child's survival is an alarm that goes off when a child is detected in a locked car. Help will come more swiftly or rather the mom or dad won't be able to leave the child alone in a car. Cause that's the issue: don't leave a young child alone (in a car)