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Vision-Q: A Novel Device on the Quest for Vision

Praneet is a 17 year-old high school student from Fremont, CA.
High School
Irvington High School
Graduation Year
Student review
The most valuable part of the program was working with my mentor, Luke. As a PhD student in Engineering and Optics, Luke added valuable practicality to my idea. Filled with passion and enthusiasm, he helped set up research ideas for me to delve into and ultimately harness clear understanding to apply in my project. From voltage divider networks to understanding electricity, Luke's supportive vision and guidance increased my engineering aspirations exponentially.

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Project description

Praneet programmed and developed Vision-Q: The Quest for Vision, a novel device that encompasses a smart glove and a smart cane. Currently, while walking around on a daily basis, the elderly, and those with visual and hearing impairments, rely on guide dogs to help with their movements and to ensure that they don't face any danger. However, according to the New York Times, an estimate for the average price of owning and training a guide dog was discovered to be around $60k. This study alluded towards a need for a more cost efficient assistance method. Vision-Q is a smart device that can serve to assist the elderly and those with visual and hearing impairments in an effective and cost-efficient way. The smart device is comprised of a smart glove and a smart cane cane which optimize an Arduino UNO and an ESP-32 bluetooth microcontroller. The smart glove, in addition to the microcontrollers, includes a pulse sensor that detects heart rate at certain time intervals, ensuring the good health of the targeted demographic. The smart cane consists of a UV radiation sensor and three Ultrasonic sensors. The UV sensor is programmed based on a scale that measures illuminance, or the light that comes in contact with the sensor, and differentiates between what is safe and what is not. The Ultrasonic sensors at three distinct locations on the cane are used to detect obstacles based on proximity. Altogether, these sensors would work to detect harms and alert people through the use of buzzers with pre-set frequencies and vibrations. Ultimately, Vision-Q would compensate for the costly methods that assist the targeted demographic today and provide a less costly and more effective method of assisting them.

Vision-Q: A Novel Device on the Quest for Vision
Project outcome

Praneet planned, designed, and developed a novel integrated device, which he presented at Polygence's Sixth Syposium of Rising Scholars. There, he won First Place for the Best Elevator Pitch.

Find his presentation here!

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Physics, Math, Engineering
Circuit board designs, optics, applied physics, quantum optics, electrical engineering
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