2010 finalists > 17+ years > Stand Alone
Harinder Pal Sikka
Mt Roskill Grammar, Auckland
When he found out his brother was going to have surgery to have the bone in his foot extended, Harinder decided to help. This particular operation renders the foot insensitive to touch, and it was very important that Harinder’s brother was able to tell the doctors where the pressure points on his feet were.
Stand Alone is designed to fit inside a shoe, with sensors placed on the heel, mid-sole and ball of the foot. The sensors feed information back to an LCD screen which displays how much pressure is being exerted, and where. Harinder worked with physiotherapists in the design of this invention.
The best part about this project was interviewing all the professionals, as well as just having fun while programming. The hardest part was coming up with the concept, and taking stakeholder feedback (as part of my class project).