I was on a team of 4 to create a project (called Innovation InSight) based on my idea of helping the visually impaired use object recognition and vibration feedback. I was the only high school student on the team with my teammates from the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, and the University of Toronto, Canada. The hackathon took place at the University of Michigan and was a 36 hour event called MHacks 6. My team won the “Best Overall Use of Microsoft Technology Award” with our idea and submission. We used a Kinect V2, OpenCV, HAAR classifiers, voice recognition, object recognition, arduino, a myo armband, vibration motors, among a variety of other things. For more information, check out our submission at http://devpost.com/software/innovation-insight (I wrote this submission at 5 AM with no sleep, so please ignore the typos:D). We are currently continuing our work on the project. The goal is to have the user perceive objects around him/her, use a voice command to select and object, and then use vibration feedback to guide the hand to the object. We proved our concepts at the hackathon, and now we wish to improve on them to help the blind and visually impaired. We also have another website with some more information about this at msight.co.
This summer I attended Carnegie Mellon University for 6 weeks to take two college courses: “Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering” and “Introduction to Nanoscience and Technology.” I took these courses with students from all around the world at an accelerated pace. It was an incredible experience!
This is a model of a robot I drew up in CAD. The robot looks like a garbage but inside it has a hopper to hold cans and shoot them. At the bottom it has a drive base to move around freely. This was just an idea, so I sketched it. I may create it in the future with many improvements.
This was the DRC (DARPA Robotics Challenge) Finals that took place in Los Angeles. My uncle works for DARPA, so he introduced to many people and robots. It was amazing to see how to robots worked and to talk to the team members. I was excited to meet people from Carnegie Mellon and their robot, CHIMP. The MIT Atlas Robot was amazing as well! I also had the privilege of meeting Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and he gave me his signature!
This project was inspired by the show, American Ninja Warrior. I created a salmon ladder along with other obstacles to climb across. I built this as an extension of my playground in my backyard. Check out this video to see what American Ninja Warrior is.
When I was in middle school, I received a kit to creating a walking robot like the one featured in the pictures. The robot turned on from a simple switch. I decided to make it more interesting by interfacing it with an Arduino and using an Infrared (IR) Remote Control, much like the one a typical TV uses. I could move the robot in different directions, make sounds, and change the light colors when I finished the project.