A high school student in Arunachal Pradesh,
Who has invented a novel
spectacle for the
visually impaired using ultrasound and infrared sensors to detect obstacles, was today assured full financial support by the state government to develop the gadget.
Anang Tadar, a Class XI student of New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli, was recently awarded the Dinanath Pandey Smart Idea Innovation Award for inventing a gadget called Goggle for
The invention bagged the most innovative award in the recently concluded Regional Level Science Festival at Regional Science centre at Guwahati.
Impressed by his innovation and keen to launch it in the market, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and UNICEF have asked Anang to create few prototypes to test on blind people.
To develop these prototypes, Anang who comes from a poor family approached the state Chief Minister Pema Khandu for help today, an official communique said.
Appreciating the innovation that is intended to make life of visually impaired people easier, the Chief Minister offered full financial support to him to develop the gadget, the communique said.
The chief minister assured the student there would be no lack of support and that he could fully devote his time and energy to develop the machine that would bring joy to visually impaired people.
When Khandu asked what motivated Tadar to develop the gadget, the boy recalled being moved by the plight of a blind girl whom he saw few years back.
Saddened at her impediment, Anang had decided to use technology to help visually impaired people.
The technology he chose was similar to parking sensors used in cars.
Talking to PTI, Anang informed that the gadget is a spectacle by wearing which a blind person can detect any obstacles on all sides within a distance of two meters.
"The technology of the gadget is based on echo location as used by bats at night," he said adding there are two ultra sensors on the left and right side of the spectacle to detect any obstacles.