ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday met Anang Tadar, a class XI student of New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli who had left everyone stunned with his innovation of a gadget called Goggle for Blind (G4B).
The invention was adjudged the most innovative award in recently concluded Regional Level Science Festival at Regional Science centre at Guwahati and was awarded the Dinanath Pandey Smart Idea Innovation Award.
Impressed by his innovation, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and UNICEF willing to launch G4B in the market had asked Anang for creating few prototypes to test on the blind people. To develop these prototypes, Anang who comes from a poor family approached the chief minister for help, reports CMMC.
Appreciating the brilliant innovation that is intended to make the life of visually impaired people easy, the Chief Minister offered full financial support to him to develop the gadget.
PHED Minister, Bamang Felix who spotted the boy helped in arranging the meeting with Khandu so that Anang could find all possible support and encouragement from the state government towards his innovation.
The chief minister assured that 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.
"We will setup proper institutional mechanism to encourage innovation and support innovators in the state for a "New Arunachal"", said Khandu.
When Khandu asked what motivated him to develop the gadget, the boy recalled a blind girl whom he saw few years back. Saddened at her plight, Anang decided to use technology to help visually impaired people. The technology he chose was similar to parking sensors used in cars.
Since then after developing the gadget, he has participated in National Level Science Exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, on March 6 where Honey Bee Network, which is in collaboration with NIF, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) and UNICEF were quite impressed with his innovation.
Anang was accompanied by his elder brother and Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman, Bamang Tago, the report added.
PTI adds: Talking to PTI Anang informed that the gadget is a spectacle by wearing which a blind person can detect any obstacles in 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.
“There is also one infrared sensor in the middle of the gadget to detect obstacles in case if both the ultrasound sensors failed to detect any obstacles,” he said adding when an obstacle is detected, a beep sound would be made through the audio output along with vibration to enable the person to gauge the exact location of the obstacle.
“With the intensity of the beep and vibration the person could know how far and near the obstacle is,” he added.