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Young innovator develops AI device for deaf and dumb Community

July 19, 2023

Preeyaj Safary, a talented 19-year-old BTech student at NMIMS Mumbai, is making waves in the field of social innovation with his latest invention. Passionate about coding and determined to use technology for the greater good, Preeyaj has created an AI-powered translating device aimed at removing communication barriers for the deaf and dumb community.

Preeyaj’s journey towards this breakthrough innovation began during his school days when he actively participated in community service through the Rotary club. However, it was during his 9th grade when he got exposed to the world of technology and artificial intelligence, igniting a spark of curiosity within him. Inspired to leverage his coding skills for a meaningful cause, he started searching for opportunities to make a positive impact.

The young inventor’s inspiration struck while visiting a restaurant, where he observed deaf and dumb staff diligently serving customers. Realizing the challenges they might face in communicating with the outside world, Preeyaj conceptualized an AI model that could translate sign language into text and vice versa. Determined to bring this idea to life, he painstakingly collected sign images from various sources, creating a database to train his AI prototype.

When asked about his invention being labeled as a “breakthrough,” Preeyaj humbly stated that it was merely the application of technology to address a specific problem. However, his innovation has received positive feedback from friends and family, acknowledging its potential to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the deaf and dumb community.

This isn’t the first time Preeyaj has put his skills to good use. During the height of the Covid-19 vaccination program, he created a BOT that helped elderly and differently-abled individuals check for vaccine slot availability, easing their booking process.

When questioned about his choice of AI for the project, Preeyaj emphasized the immense power of artificial intelligence in transforming lives. He believes that when used responsibly, AI can create wonders and find solutions to real-world problems.

Behind this young innovator’s success lie his parents and college professors, who have been his constant mentors and guiding force. Preeyaj is proud to be associated with NMIMS Mumbai, where the faculty’s unwavering support and motivation have fostered an environment for students to thrive.

As he envisions his future plans, Preeyaj aims to further enhance his technical skills in AI and delve into research and development, exploring cutting-edge technologies like generative AI. He remains committed to creating innovative solutions that can benefit society as a whole.

The young inventor’s journey is a testament to the power of passion, innovation, and the potential of youth in shaping a better world for everyone. As he continues to push the boundaries of technology, Preeyaj Safary is undoubtedly a name to watch in the world of social innovation.

Also Read: Navya Nanda’s “Stand Up & You Grow Girl” at NMIMS

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