Achuta Kadambi invented visual systems to capture light
The Next Dimension of 3D Printing
Traveling can be time consuming with heightened security at airports. Increased terrorist activity has also led to less privacy for people who travel.
The Gulliver Preparatory School InvenTeam created a state-of-the-art baggage set to provide more privacy for travelers, while enabling quick and easy security inspections.
People who are blind or visually impaired often cannot identify the products that surround them, whether they are shopping in supermarkets or moving around in their homes.
- The Suffolk County Technical School InvenTeam focused on the refinement of a dog-treat dispenser that stemmed from a previous student project.
- The InvenTeam aligned with Paws With A Cause®, the largest service-dog trainer in the United States, for guidance on the creation of a dispenser to enable disabled people to reward their dogs.
- The InvenTeam received a 2009 Continuation Grant.
- After surveying teachers in their school, students learned of several problems that teachers experienced with the blackboards including difficulty cleaning them and dust inhalation from chalk.
- The InvenTeam’s solution was an automatic portable blackboard eraser, referred to as P.A.B.E.
- The P.A.B.E. is composed of three parts: a top bearing, automatic eraser, and motor base, which were designed to move horizontally across the board.
- Cell phones are a critical communication link between students and parents, especially to ensure safety of the students who attend Benjamin Banneker High School, which is located in an urban area.
- The cell-phone locker, named the Cell-Mate, was designed by the InvenTeam to overcome the ban on bringing cell phones to school, which had been established to mitigate class disruptions and cheating.
- The idea for a SCUBA breathing and pressure monitor sprung from Robert Nelson, an avid scuba diver and student.
- In its initial research, the InvenTeam confirmed with the Professional Association for Dive Instruction (PADI) that no technology was available to monitor a partner’s breathing levels. Bubbles often serve as the main indicator, but a better sign was needed.
- The InvenTeam’s first Eureka! moment occurred when it tried a DC (direct current) motor in lieu of a generator to light an LED indicator.
- Called the Touch-Graph, the device uses a motor that physically pushes individuals pins to the surface, which create a tactile image.
- One of the InvenTeam members was inspired to create the invention from a pin-screen toy.
- The InvenTeam hopes to make the device portable and develop it further, so the visually impaired can use it without assistance.
- Henry Evans, a quadriplegic and former colleague of InvenTeam mentor Chris Tacklind, inspired development of the InvenTeam's "Laser Finger."
- Attached to the user's hat or glasses by magnets, the remote control operates through a solar cell, which recognizes the pulsing laser and feeds information into a tiny computer, allowing the user to turn on a light or the television.
- The InvenTeam was able to develop the Laser Finger with the support of the Tech Shop, OK International, Microchip, and SolidWorks.