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August Is Inventors Month

8 inventions to show there’s no minimum age for being an inventor

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Very often when we think about inventions, we assume  there’s an adult behind them as if to have great ideas, you need to be old enough. This is not true at all… In fact,  we are surrounded by inventions made by kids: Braille alphabet, the first snowmobile, swim fins, even the Television and Christmas lights! There’s no minimum age for being an inventor and here a list of modern creations that could change our lives and the whole planet soon. 

Wei-Ching Chen, Taiwan recently invented the Smart Necklace, a non-intrusive intelligent detecting device which measures any movement created by the muscles in the neck, such as drinking, eating or talking. It can not only detect whether we cough or sneeze but also measure the wearer’s pulse. This technology can be used by anyone, including those with mental or physical health problems. 

Haemavitch Varith, Thailand is the mind behind a new hearing aid device and voice-training technique to help deaf people to speak better. The first prototype of the hearing aid device (called EarZ) was based on a bone conduction effect that Haemavitch accidentally discovered while playing a guitar. After the EarZ device was tested, the little inventor further used it for voice training using a diaphragm technique for singing that trains voice power. Today, both the device and technique can be used to help those with hearing loss disabilities have better voice communication.

Viney Kumar Inventors Month Tech Will Save Us

In Australia, Viney Kumar coded an app called PART that integrates with car navigation system and notifies the driver when an Emergency Vehicle is approaching. PART alerts drivers with audio and visual warnings when the emergency vehicle is 800 meters away, and again at 500 meters, giving them time to pull over way before hearing the emergency siren.  The app uses Google Maps elements to notify the driver, such as an audio alert sounds saying: “Emergency vehicle within <Range> meters. Please pull over.”

Have you ever heard about SafeWander® Sock Sensor? Kenneth Shinozuka, Harvard Class of 2020, in 2014 was awarded at the Google Science fair for this project. He formed his own startup, SensaRx, to commercialize the first prototype of his product.Then, realizing that many people won’t wear socks to sleep, he invented the SafeWander Button Sensor, which attaches to patients’ clothes and sends an alert when they exit the bed and later in 2015, a new product, the SafeWander® Bed-Exit Alarm Sensor. More recently Kenneth’s company SensaRx partnered with a reputable manufacturer to scale up the production. 

Bishop Curry V (Texas), at the age of 10, worried for babies left in the car by parents, developed an idea to help prevent deaths related to hot cars. The concept is shaped like a small box with ducts in a honeycomb pattern. Once it gets too hot, a sensor would tell the device to start blowing the cool air. Then, an antenna would alert local authorities and parents to come to the child’s aid. He intends for it to be placed on the backseat headrests of the driver and passenger or to be placed on a car seat.

It took several weeks of work until late at night and a number of attempts—seven, to be precise—before the young Shubham Banerjee built a 3D braille printer working prototype, using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit and some small electrical components. 

If you ever thought that being a computer scientist at the age of 19 was impossible, well… you were wrong! Hunar Batra, among many other projects, helped develop drones for delivering vaccinations and disaster relief materials to remote areas. Intrigued by the rise of voice assistants, she is working on a voice application project to provide healthcare literacy to rural population in regional languages in India. She also actively volunteers for Computer Literacy Program to educate school students about basic computer literacy.

Despite the climate changes and the increased temperatures worldwide, this invention would be really interesting for who’s living in countries with cold winters. Allie Weber – maker, patent holder, Vogue 21 Under 21, from the YouTube channel Tech-nic-Allie Speaking – back in 2016, made a FrostStopper.  By using an Arduino box, she invented a youth friendly frostbite warning system. It’s a temperature sensing glove that will alert when you’re about to get frostbite and alert you before you do, so you can go inside and warm up. It consists of a glove, a temperature sensor, some wires, headphones hat and an Arduino box (with an Aarduino inside, of course!). The sensor is collecting data of the temperature of your finder all the time and sending data to the arduino box. If it gets below 35 degrees for an extended period of time, then it will send an alert to your headphones hat.

Still convinced that inventors are only adults?