Meet Arsh Shah Dilbagi, teen who developed device that turns breath into words

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Meet the new rising star, Arsh Shah Dilbagi, a 16-year-old boy who hails from Panipat and has made his way to being one of the top 15 Google Science Fair 2014 global finalists.

Arsh has developed a device named 'Talk' that allows people to communicate with the help of their breath, which is converted into speech by the device developed by him. Arsh is the only finalist from Asia this year.

The device is certainly a blessing for people with developmental disabilities, like Locked-In Syndrome and ALS, to communicate with the help of their breath.

The device functions by using signals from a person's breath via Morse code and then converting it into voice.

Arsh Shah Dilbagi, a student of DAV International School was quoted as saying to a leading daily: “About 1.4% people in the world, which amounts to a hundred million people, suffer from developmental disabilities”.

“Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices available in the market are very expensive, slow, bulky and not generic. I decided to find a better solution - an AAC device which is faster, portable and generic and costs only $80 (Rs 5000), making it affordable to the large population,” he added”.

The device is very economic and user-friendly.