Meet Faraz. Faraz invented TalkMotion, a talking device for deaf and aphonic children, that turns a sign language gesture into verbal language, or verbal language into sign language gestures, so children can communicate with others more easily.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
My father told me a true story when he was in second grade, about a kid who was aphonic and called Mona (meaning mute in his local language in India). The kid used to chase my dad and my dad would get scared and hide in his home. But the poor kid was just trying to be friends with my dad. He could not tell my dad that he just wanted to play with him. I cannot imagine what deaf and aphonic people go through in their lives when they have difficulty communicating with others. Since then I have been interested in making the TalkMotion device. I want to take this opportunity to bring awareness to the plight of deaf and aphonic children.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention is the Septal Occluder which treats congenital heart defects. It is my favorite invention because it is going to help fix my condition, atrial septal defect, a hole in the heart. It will close the hole in my heart without the need for open heart surgery. Amazingly, the patch is inserted in the heart through a thin tube called catheter, which travels to the heart through a cut near the groin. The patch has two umbrella-like discs. One expands on the right side of the heart and then the other on the left. Once it is positioned properly the doctor can tighten the occluder from just rotating the control at the other end of the catheter. The technology of fitting the patch inside the catheter and how it is installed amazes me. It is much cheaper than doing open heart surgery and has helped so many kids fix their heart defects.
In 15 years I hope to be...
a biomedical engineer. I love engineering and I want to come up with better ways to treat heart defects. As a patient, I have experienced how eagerly my parents searched for better and less invasive options to treat my condition. I hope to give other people who have similar condition much better options in the future.
The gates of your limits are unlocked by the keys of imagination!