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BJB
04-22-2016, 01:36 PM
http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/09/technology/mukund-venkatakrishnan-cheaper-hearing-aid/index.html?iid=Lead

unfortunately, Paul's child gets no credit.

but the kid did good. and gives a crusty old geezer hope for the next gen of engineers (interviewed fairly recent grads for about 6 months - all duds, so gave up and hired a mid-level engineer).

defragster
04-28-2016, 05:36 AM
No mention of the $45(?) TEENSY - went through 7 pages of duplicate stories in search results - no link to his 'open source' found that he spent 2 years on - one attempted hijack infected page hit.

indian-american-teenager-mukund-venkatakrishnan-of-kentucky-invents-hearing-aid (http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2016/04/11/indian-american-teenager-mukund-venkatakrishnan-of-kentucky-invents-hearing-aid-for-60409675/)

A 16-year-old Indian American student from Louisville, Kentucky, Mukund Venkatakrishnan, has created a device to test and amplify hearing for only $60.

Mukund said the processor, which is responsible for amplifying volume by increasing the volume of an incoming signal, was the most expensive part – about $45. Other parts, added up to about $15.

Got honorable mention on think.mit.edu (think.mit.edu/2016/winners):
Development of the First Ever Low-Cost Open-Source Hearing Test and Hearing Aid
Mukund Venkatakrishnan, duPont Manual High School

I'm still puzzled why a blue tooth earpiece maker couldn't set one up to work backwards for $50 - cancel owner voice and provide the ambient sounds to the earpiece. Instead that costs $3-5K for an uncomfortable device.