18.07.2014

Google Science Fair awards were given

Matías Apablaza, 15 years old, native of Neuquén, developed a device that allows blind people identify colors. The president of the National Agency for Science and Technology Promotion was part of the jury.

Google Science Fair awards were given

The President of the Agency, Fernando Goldbaum, with the young Matías Apablaza.

The president of the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion, Fernando Goldbaum, participated in the award ceremony of the Google Science Fair competition. The winner was Matías Apablaza 15 years old from Neuquén who developed a device for blind people to identify colors The device converts the colors into sounds associated that represent them.

To this purpose, the young man proponed to achieve a device which cost did not exceed USD 50 or 500 grams. The development consisted in converting light energy into electricity using photodiodes with red, green and blue filters forming all possible colors. When placed in front of a colored surface, the device beeps every variable identified with each variable of the chromatic scale. The required software was programmed by Apablaza in open code.

"Matías has a future as an entrepreneur" Goldbaum said and he added "this is what the country needs, people who take ideas, identify needs and develop products to solve people's problems.

"The device responds satisfactorily to my initial problem, as blind people feel helped" says Matías Apablaza.And now that I built it and it worked, I have many ideas to improve it and to solve other problems in addition to helping the blind to identify colors. So keep working! "Said the young man.

The jury was composed of the president of the Agency, Fernando Goldbaum; Diego Golombek the Science broadcaster; the programme manager of Google, Nicolas Bortolotti; the Director of Information and Open Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Rudi Borrmann; the journalist Guillermo Lobo; and the prestigious Physicist Juan Maldacena.

Google Science Fair is an online science and technology competition open to students worldwide, individually and as a team, aged between 13 and 18 years.

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