Teenage inventions that are changing the world we live in
While most of the teenagers out there are busy enjoying their life to the fullest, a small bunch of them are always putting their mind into overdrive for innovative solutions to problems the world is plagued with. They don’t tinker around with fancy gadgets or upbeat toys, rather they make gizmos that even a veteran would be proud of. These kids might look innocent but what’s churning up in their mind is for all to see. And what’s important is that they rejoice every moment invested in creating these game-changing innovations. So, Let’s see what these teenage prodigies are doing to change the world we live in, and will one day become the pioneering entrepreneurs that world will remember for a long time.
T & J Soccer
Teenagers Toheeb Okenla and Jesus Fernandez-Ortiz from Holland have come up with T& J Soccer socks that have pockets for shin guards in them. This very simple but useful invention won the duo first-place in NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge and saves soccer players from getting serious injuries in the delicate shins.
Mobile device charging shoe
Rajesh Adhikari, a 12th grader from Nainital, a beautiful hill town in India has come up with a shoe charging device that charges the phone battery as you walk or run. This invention came into existence as the town was hit by a very bad winter spell of snow and resulted in power grid failure. This prompted Rajesh to come up with a solution to charge his phone so that he could be connected to his friends.
Uno electric Unicycle motorbike
AS strange as it might seem but Ben Gulak, an 18-year old kid from Toronto has come up with an Uno electric powered unicycle that looks like a motorbike. The motorbike uses gyroscopic technology to stay upright and although it looks like propelling on one wheel but actually it has two adjacent wheels. This bike is create keeping in mind the current situation in crowded cities and need for a personal vehicle that is easy to maneuver and park. Ben designed this unique vehicle using Google SketchUp 3D software tool and he manages to turn eyeballs whenever he drives it on the road.
Phone charging supercapacitor
The way our power hungry mobile devices are evolving, there is a desperate need for charging solutions that can refill the battery in the least possible time. Well, how about seconds to be safe? Eesha Khare aged 18, a resident of Saratoga, California has invented a device called Supercapacitor which charges a phone battery in mere 30 seconds. The size of her Supercapacitor makes mobile device charging a cake-walk and can be used for the trending wearables.
Our smartphone has way more capabilities than we are accustomed to, even the makers are not aware of them. 15-year-old Suman Mulumudi realized that iPhone’s microphone has much more to it than just answering calls. It is a very capable stethoscope too. This brainy teenager came up with a 3D printed iPhone case that morphs your smartphone into a stethoscope.
Body heat powered flashlight
Taking energy conservation and harnessing energy to the next level, 15-year old Ann Makosinski from Victoria has created a hand-cranked flashlight that charges up by your body heat. This flashlight is specifically designed to work on five degrees of temperature difference for producing 5.4 mW for 5 foot candles of brightness, enough to light up a flashlight.
18-year old Luis Cruz is an electronics and programming teenager from Honduras who has invented an eyeball-tracking device for people with limited mobility. The low-cost eyeball-tracking device dubbed Eyeboard allows the user to enter text in computer just by using eye gestures. And all this for just $300, keeping in mind the limited spending ability of people in developing countries. Interestingly the kid admitted that he spend his 17th year to impress girls with his air guitar but failed. At least know he has something to be proud of and I’m sure many would be impressed by his creation.
Nuclear fusion reactor
While most teenager are not even acquainted about how their smartphones function on the inside, Jamie Edwards at the tender age of 13 has created a nuclear fusion reactor. He apparently is the youngest person to achieve that feat and after seeing Taylor Wilson, who at that time was the youngest person to do it, decided to make his own nuclear reactor.
Transistor radio from scrap
Kelvin Doe, 16, of Sierra Leone in West Africa has made a transistor radio from homemade batteries and a large studio generator from materials found in trash like a voltage stablizer. This child prodigy has been inventing gadgets from the tender age of 4 and is known as DJ Focus among his friends as he made a radio station powered by the generator and let his neighborhood people listen to the radio.
3D printed prosthetic hand
This is one of my favorite teenage prodigy creations. 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle has made a very impressive robotic prosthetic arm from Lego bricks, Nintendo Power Glove and 3D printed parts. This intuitive design won him 3rd place in Colarado Science fair of 2011 which instilled his confidence in 3D printing ever further. The prosthetic arm is fitted with fishing wire to provide the flexibility needed for subtle movements and the Teeensy Arduino microcontroller does the rest. And amazingly this 3D printed prosthetic hand is made with just $250 of total cost.
Sign Language Translator Glove
Life can be difficult for deaf people and keeping that in mind 18-year old Ryan Patterson Grand Junction, CO has come up with a sign language translator glove made from leather golf glove embedded with sensors, radio frequency transmitter and micro controller. For this amazing creation Ryan won first place $103,000 scholarship in Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology competition. The user has to train with the glove before using it because every person has different hand size and hand movements.
Pancreatic Cancer test
Jack Andraka is one of the smartest kid you’ll ever meet and there is valid reason for it. This high school junior teenage prodigy has invented a test for early detection of pancreatic cancer and won himself first place in 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. His method of detecting pancreatic cancer is very cheap and non-invasive method which is a feat in itself. The method includes detection of mesothelin in drop of blood which attaches to antibodies and changes electrical charge of the network.