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Ideator | Creative Technologist | Student | Google Science Fair 2014 Voter's Choice Award Winner
Creator of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device, “Talk”, Arsh Shah Dilbagi is a high school student from Panipat, Haryana. At a young age of 16, Arsh was the first ever teen and the only finalist from Asia to enter the 2014 Google's Global Science Fair for developing a device that helps people with developmental disabilities. "Talk" was his official entry at the fair.
Not only is the device extremely beneficial for people with developmental disabilities, it is also an affordable alternative to AAC devices sold in the market today. It is also a better alternative to the bulky AAC devices in the market today. People with disabilities such as Locked-In Syndrome and ALS will now be able to communicate using only their breath. "Talk" uses signals from a person's breath via Morse code. The code is picked up by a sensor and is converted into speech. Further, Arsh wants to add auto-predictions to his computing engine and integrate "Talk" with modern technology like Google Glass to make it easier for people with developmental disabilities.