11-year-old Ravenna student invents anti-theft technology

RAVENNA Ohio (WJW) – Challenged in fourth grade by identifying a problem and finding a solution, Ava-Elizabeth Bell started with car theft.

“Each year in the United States there are over 800,000 car thefts,” said Bell.

Her solution made the most interesting correlation using an defense mechanism of an octopus to deter car thieves

“I came up with my own ink formula and it would shoot in the windshield so the thief couldn’t see, but then I realized it was too messy,” said Bell.

After two years of refining the idea, Bell created what she calls Octo-D 2.0, an electrochromic film that makes a windshield transparent while the car is running but opaque and impossible to see while the car is parked.

“It has a car fob that works like your regular car keys. You walk away from your car and the movie turns so the thieves can’t see in the car, “said Bell.

She also says the same technology can be used to prevent smash-and-grab thieves.

“With my technology, the thief can’t see what’s in the car so it would be a waste of their time to try and do it because they wouldn’t even know if there was anything in it,” she said.

The Invention earned a first place award at the National Invention Convention in Michigan earlier this month and a patent application.

“There are 331 inventions there so you’re sitting there and you hear her name called and you’re just so proud and cheering and then you’re called again and again and I think we were all beside ourselves,” said Ava’s mother, Valerie Cubon-Bell. General Chat Chat Lounge

Bell says the patent process could take as long as two years to complete, but after it’s done, the 11-year-old hopes to pitch the invention to car companies.

“That’s just something that feels great to imagine, thinking that something I came up with could be something that other people would use and help their everyday lives,” said Bell.

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