ITANAGAR, March 18 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday met Anang Tadar, a class XI student of New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli, who had left everyone stunned with his innovation of a gadget called Goggle for Blind (G4B).
The invention was adjudged the most innovative idea in the recently concluded Regional Level Science Festival at Regional Science Centre at Guwahati and was awarded the Dinanath Pandey Smart Idea Innovation Award.
Impressed by his innovation, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and UNICEF are willing to launch G4B in the market and had asked Anang for creating few prototypes to test on the blind people. To develop these prototypes, Anang who comes from a poor family, approached the CM for help.
Appreciating the brilliant innovation that is intended to make the life of visually impaired people easy, the Chief Minister offered full financial support to him to develop the gadget. “We will set up proper institutional mechanism to encourage innovation and support innovators in the State for a ‘New Arunachal’,” said Khandu.
The CM assured that there will be no lack of support and that he could fully devote his time and energy to develop the machine that would bring joy to visually impaired people.
When CM asked what motivated him to develop the gadget, the boy recalled a blind girl whom he saw few years back. Saddened at her plight, Anang decided to use technology to help visually impaired people. The technology he chose was similar to parking sensors used in cars.
After developing the gadget, he has participated in national level science exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on March 6 where Honey Bee Network, which together with NIF, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) and UNICEF were quite impressed with his innovation.
PHE Minister Bamang Felix who spotted the boy helped in arranging today’s meeting with CM so that he could find all possible support and encouragement from the State Govt towards his innovation. Anang was accompanied by his elder brother and Sports Authority of Arunachal chairman, Bamang Tago.
Anang has always been interested in technology and has been building robots and other gadgets for a really long time. He has participated in many technical events organised by renowned technical colleges before also, securing the first place most of the time. In the future, he plans to build an Exoskeleton which will help people lift heavy objects.