A Wireless, Wearable and Customizable Electronic Solution to Predict and Prevent Autistic Meltdowns.
Raghav Ganesh
San Jose, California
2015 Finalist
Joaquin Miller Middle School
SAN JOSE, CA 95129-4099
7th grade | 14 years old
Meet Raghav. To help those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers, Raghav's invention predicts and prevents Autistic Meltdowns. Monitoring physiological and environmental factors that can cause and trigger stress, Raghav's wireless and wearable machine alerts the wearer and caregiver when any stressors rise above a certain threshold.

His invention allows care to be tailored to individuals' needs by recording all sensory data and therapeutic responses. Raghav hopes his invention can help many people in daily situations, catering to the Autistic population and their caregivers.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I would like to miniaturize and improve my device and turn it into a product that can help people diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. I entered the Young Scientist Challenge hoping to be able to work with a mentor and make my project more beneficial to autistic people.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention of the last 100 years is the UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System). This is a system to send data from point A to point B at high speeds without wires. Without this system of mobile and long range communications, collaboration between people across a wide area would be very difficult. The UMTS system (3G) was developed by the 3GPP group in 2002 as a follow up to the older 2G branded GSM system. The 2G GSM system has a 40 Kilobit/second download speed and a 14 kilobit/second upload speed. The UMTS system has a 10-20 megabit/second download speed and a 5 to 15 megabit/second upload speed. Without this system, it would take 30 minutes just to load a 2 minute video at 480p (medium quality video)! Many popular and useful apps/websites, such as YouTube, Skype, Hangouts, and Google Drive, could not be used outside the house. With the development of UMTS mobile communication system, it now takes only 15 seconds to load a one hour movie at 1080p! Although there are new “4G” technologies theoretically capable of 300 mbps (LTE-A, Mobile Wimax), the UMTS system is still widely used in many countries, and it’s necessary hardware is cheaper to manufacture. Many technologies found in 4G systems were developed by 3GPP for the UMTS system. The smartphone market rapidly expanded once UMTS systems were implemented, as the possibility of sharing documents, videoconferencing, and loading high quality videos at lightning-fast speed became closer to a reality. Now, accessing Khan Academy videos or listening to online Coursera classes is easier for students. This system has brought affordable high speed wireless communication to most users in the world. The UMTS wireless communication system is my favorite invention of the last 100 years because of its capability to wirelessly transfer large amounts of data at high speeds.
In 15 years I hope to be...
In 15 years, I hope to be an entrepreneur and an innovator who can help make the world a better place.