Hemesh Chadalavada Helps Alzheimer Patients Using Tech
Hemesh Chadalavada, a 16-year-old Hyderabadi kid, felt powerless when he witnessed how confused his Alzheimer’s patient grandmother was. The teenage inventor developed a wearable gadget and software based on stem cells that would not only track her activities but also provide families with a break from constant concern.
For his original creation, the young inventor was awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Shakti Puraskar 2021. His invention, the Alpha Monitor, alerts staff workers and loved ones when a patient wanders off and also transmits important information to aid in the treatment of such patients.
Forgetting things is akin to Alzheimer’s. It obliterates memories and other mental processes. According to a study, one person worldwide has Alzheimer’s symptoms every 30 seconds.The sickness afflicted a great number of people, including Hemesh’s grandmother.
He sought a solution to this major issue. Hemesh has been enthralled by the internet since he was six years old. He recalled watching a lot of arts and crafts-related YouTube videos in order to pick up new abilities and put them into practise. Soon after, he began working on simple technological tasks like creating electric fans and automobiles.
Hemesh learnt to code by the time he was in fifth grade and moved on to more practical projects.
Concern that led to creativity
Hemesh would go see his grandmother over the holidays every year. He became aware of his grandmother’s problems after paying visits to her in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. He came to understand that one of his grandmother’s main issues was her propensity to wander off in the early morning or late at night, worrying the family and carers.
Although they were lucky that she didn’t go lost, whenever she wasn’t at home, panic was rife.
Hemesh contacted the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India since he was interested in this behaviour. There, he encountered a family that had spent the previous 20 years looking for a loved one who was an Alzheimer’s patient.
This touched him deeply, and he wondered, “Why not create something that will affect those around me, like my grandmother?” The STEM enthusiast subsequently developed a tool that provided families, carers, and medical professionals with up-to-the-minute information on their loved ones.
The first Alpha Monitor prototype was a bracelet that could track a patient’s motions when they were standing, lying down, or walking. Hemesh built a prototype to test the idea during the course of the 2019 summer. Compared to other products on the market, it is unique.
Hemesh chose to incorporate a sensor known as a gyroscope into his device even though other devices do not.
He claims in an interview that current devices are easily removed by patients and prone to breakage. They resemble a GPS tracker worn around the neck. Doormats are one example of a gadget that detects when a patient treads on it, although they are bulky and can be avoided.
A wristband that could follow a patient’s movements while they were sitting, standing, or walking was the original Alpha Monitor prototype. In order to test the concept, Hemesh created a prototype during the summer of 2019. It is different from other products on the market.
Even while other devices lack a gyroscope sensor, Hemesh decided to include one in his creation.
He asserts in an interview that the current technology is susceptible to fracture and is simple for patients to remove. They resemble an around-the-neck GPS tracker. Though they are large and can be avoided, doormats are one type of device that detects when a patient steps on it. The foundation of my creation is a gyroscope algorithm.