It’s about time this was developed!  And it took a 12-year-old.

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this!  A 12-year-old girl has invented a device that will prevent hot car deaths. Lydia Denton wanted to do something about all of the babies that were dying from being left in hot cars, so she came up with a solution.

A device that would work with a pressure pad under the car seat cover, which can sense weight over 5 pounds. When a baby is in the seat, the system starts itself up and monitors the temperature. Once the temperature reaches 102 the seat sets off an alarm and displays a warning on the LCD monitor.  A text is sent to the parent’s phone, if no response within 60 seconds, 911 is messaged with a GPS locator that sends the address to emergency services.  Excellent!

Denton’s invention won CITGO’s Fueling Education Student Challenge and received a $20,000 prize which Denton plans to save for college.  She did however take out $100 for a shopping trip.

Lydia says she has other inventions swimming around in her head, namely something to help those with allergies before they get out of hand and cause medical emergencies.

This kid is going to do the human race some good!  I once thought of using some kind of sticky syrup to make Pez candies easier to load without them falling apart.  That doesn’t really count as helping people, does it?