March 14, 2019
As reported by AL.com, the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office recently issued a patent to Venturi Aerospace (“Venturi”), a technology company based in Huntsville, Alabama, for a device that may prevent a parent’s worst nightmare from becoming a reality. The device, called Payton’s Charm, was developed to prevent children, accidentally forgotten in a hot vehicle, from potentially dying of heat stroke.
According to the non-profit organization Kidsandcars.org, in 2018, 49 children died in the U.S. after being trapped inside vehicles.
Payton’s Charm, invented by Venturi software engineer Ben Payment, is the size of a garage door opener and can run for up to one month on a single charge. If the device registers carbon dioxide in the parked vehicle and dangerously high temperatures, it sends an alert to a designated number. If the user does not respond, an alert is sent to another number and if there is still no response the device notifies emergency services.
Although Venturi has been issued a patent for the device, the company is still in the process of raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign.
Authors: Amanda Bertucci and Sam Galway