I can remember watching Muhammad Ali light the Olympic torch at the 1996 Atlanta games. He was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and shaking as he held the touch in his hand. I have known a few people with Parkinson’s and recognize the difficulty of having the symptoms of shaking as the disease takes its toll on the body. I felt bad for what Ali and his family were going through and then moved on and watched the games.
Fast forward to a few years later. A ten-year old, Utkarsh Tandon, was watching a video of the same opening games. His thought process was a little different than many or most others. He started thinking and imagining how he could help those with Parkinson’s. Eventually, he came up with an idea. It is a ring that one can wear that will measure the various types of shaking associated with the disease. By being able to get this information to the doctor, it will be easier to regulate the medications and treatments that help those with the disease cope with their symptoms.
This young man, while still a teenager, is working to make this a reality. He already has a prototype printed on a 3D Printer. He is now seeking funding to take his innovation to the next step. What separates innovators from everyone else? One thing is their ability to see an obstacle as a problem to be solved. They are not willing to stay with the status quo. Rather, they are seeking to make the world a better place, sometimes better for just a small group of people, but better none the less. Opportunities for innovation are all around us. So, just look for the difficulties and be open to finding a better way. This may be what you can do to help change the world for the better.
This Blog was originally posted February 12. 2016.