First aid kit
14-yr-old US boy invents first aid kit vending machine, rejects $30 million offer. Pictured: Representational ImageWikimedia commons

A 14-year-old schoolboy from Alabama in the U.S. has come up with an idea of inventing a vending machine that dispenses first aid kits. However, Taylor Rosenthal has rejected a $30-million buyout offer from a large multinational healthcare firm.

Rosenthal got the idea of creating a first-aid-kit-dispensing machine, which deals with blisters, sun burns and cuts, when he saw his friends fall during baseball matches, Press Trust of India reports. He was offered to sell his vending machine idea, but he rejected it.

Rosenthal launched his own start-up called RecMed in 2015.

"Every time I'd travel for a basketball tournament in Alabama, I'd notice that kids would get hurt and parents couldn't find a band-aid. I wanted to solve that," PTI cited Rosenthal's statement to the CNN Money as saying.

The vending machine will sell individual supplies such as plasters, rubber gloves and gauzes at a cost of $4 (about Rs. 267) and $11 (about Rs. 736). In addition, it would also sell pre-packaged first-aid kits, Independent reports.

Rosenthal first proposed the idea of a first-aid pop-up but later changed it to a vending machine. He said he was open to advertising on the machines and use it in amusement parks, stadiums and beaches.

According to reports, six theme parks in the U.S. have already placed an order for about 100 machines.

"He is just 14, Bill Gates should be worried," Rosenthal's teacher Clarinda Jones was quoted as saying by PTI, citing CNN Money.