Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Ganesh developed a system to predict and prevent autistic “meltdowns” using a mobile application, wearable device, and desktop and mobile applications. The wearable device has sensors that measure and interpret the stress level of the wearer, and will signal the caregiver on their smart phone when symptoms of a meltdown are detected. The device also initiates a therapeutic response to calm the user when symptoms are present. The desktop application tracks the device wearer’s stress levels over time and creates thresholds for all the sensors in the device. This technology could enable autistic individuals to be more independent without requiring a caregiver to remain nearby with the anxiety that a meltdown may occur at any moment.Ganesh is a self-taught computer programmer. He often tinkers with electronics and writes applications, and enjoys learning how things work first-hand. In his spare time, Ganesh likes playing soccer, swimming, and playing the violin.