He is only 14, but Ariff Amir Ali has come up with some innovative devices that might address world issues such as child abuse and heat stroke prevention.
A Form Two student of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), Ariff has created prototype devices to help curb cases of child abuse and heat stroke.
According to Ariff, unpleasant news of such cases had encouraged him to try and find solutions to those problems that led him to create two devices, namely Project H (child abuse) and Project H 2.0 (heat stroke).
“The anti-abuse device works as an emergency alert device, whereby once you shout at it, the device will alert the authorities and your loved ones within three seconds.
“Meanwhile, the anti-heat stroke device would have a heart pulse sensor and temperature sensor; you need to strap it around your arm to detect heat exhaustion,” he said when met at the #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019 in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
According to Ariff, both prototypes which he created in less than a year use the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology that embodies a sleek casing design similar to the smart watch designs and are currently undergoing some fine-tuning.
“I might merge the two prototypes, adding more features and create all-in-one safety device in the near future,” he said.
He said the innovative ideas were gained through meticulous reading, adding that he had integrated various digital-making skills in the invention of the prototypes such as coding, programming, engineering designs and computational thinking.
Ariff has notched up some notable achievements including being second runner-up at the World of Robotic Championships, first place at the Intel Aspire Minds Challenge and a silver medal for the Asian Youth Innovation Award.
The Kuala Lumpur boy said that his passion for coding and robotics was developed since he was in Standard Four by joining a robotics camp, organised by his school.
He is also a Digital Ninja under the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s (MDEC) #mydigitalmaker programme.