Raghav Ganesh, 13, who developed a device to help the visually impaired to navigate, has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2015, and was given a $ 5000 award by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Ganesh designed and built a device that clamps onto the traditional white cane, and uses ultrasonic and infrared sensors to detect obstacles more than 6 ft beyond the end of the cane and communicates this information to the user through vibrations in the handle of the cane. He secured a grant to make multiple copies and hopes to create an open patent so that organisations for the blind around the world can make the device for their clients.
Ganesh and the other national honorees also received engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools and $ 5000 grants from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards that represents the US’ largest youth recognition programme based exclusively on volunteer community service.
Ganesh is a seventh-grader from San Jose, California.