Five Inventions By Teenagers That Deserve An Honorary Mention

It is heartening to see young‘uns take interest in science and technology. It is amazingly pleasant when the same kids of such tender ages strive to translate innovative ideas into practice. It’s so easy to overlook the potential of such brilliant minds but they are the future, no doubt. Allow us to present five inventions by young people that may have given us something to rejoice.

Flashlight powered by body heat

Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

As the title suggests, the flashlight charges up using body heat. The young girl behind the invention is Ann Makoninski who is a 15 year old from Victoria. The handcranked flashlight produces 5.4mW against 5 brightness candles. It achieves this by operating on five degrees of difference in temperature. Kudos to Anna for recognizing human body as a great source of untapped thermal energy and putting it to such use.

Jamie Edwards Nuclear Reactor

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Nuclear Fusion Reactor

You don’t normally expect teenagers to know their smartphones any better from the inside than the outside. That clearly wasn’t the case with 13-year old, Jamie Edwards. The young boy was the youngest person to create a nuclear fusion reactor, replacing the youngest at that time, Taylor Wilson.

Translator Glove

Sign Language Translator Glove

18 year old, Ryan Patterson seems to have been mindful of the kind of challenges deaf people face. No wonder he strived hard to create a translator glove out of leather golf glove that had a mic controller as well as radio frequency transmitter attached to it. Since the hand size and movements vary from one individual to another, the wearer must practice wearing the glove before properly enjoying its benefits.  Ryan’s remarkable efforts won him a scholarship worth $103,000 in the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology competition.

Supercapacitor for super phone charging

Supercapacitor for Smartphones

Smartphones are smart, but they are power draining at the same time. Seeing how they last hardly a day and require so much time to recharge, people resort to buying extra batteries to keep them up and running. Still, spending a long while charging a smartphone and getting merely twice the time in standby mode break’s any smartphone owner’s heart. Eesha Khare from California is an 18 year old who has a fix with what she calls a Supercapacitor. Believe it or not, the wearable device charges phones in 30 seconds and provides great peace of mind.

Pancreatic Cancer Test Jack Andraka

Courtesy: Jack Andraka

Pancreatic Cancer Test

Patients spend quite a significant amount these days for invasive cancer tests. What if there was a much less invasive, significantly cheaper alternate available? Better yet, what if this alternate was an invention by a smart high school junior? That’s right. Jack Andraka was awarded first prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 for his invention of a cancer test that could detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages. It requires detecting mesothelin in human blood that fuses with the antibodies to change the electrical charge.

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