Vishwa Nathan’s idea for the Arduino Smart Shelf, his Bluetooth® Breakthrough Award entry, came to fruition after his father challenged him to construct a drawer that opened and closed automatically. Upon completing the shelf, he realized people worldwide suffered from challenges that didn’t allow them to open drawers because their hands shook too much or it was too painful to grip the handle.

“From there, I realized I could use the product my father challenged me to build to help people all around the world. Now my goal is to help people who suffer from diseases that affect their hands or joints and have mobility issues.”

The initial Arduino Smart Shelf prototype used a LEAP motion controller, a wired device that senses hand gestures. He was satisfied with its functionality but wanted to be able to open and close the Smart Shelf using a MYO Bluetooth armband. Working diligently for an hour after each school day and hours a day during the summer, Vishwa was able to leverage Bluetooth to connect the armband to a sensor in the drawer so they could communicate through gesture control.

A few advantages Vishwa saw in integrating Bluetooth® technology in his project was its familiarity among open source communities, the technology’s low cost, and the fact that it does not interfere with pacemakers.

“Since I utilized many open source components, I wanted to use a wireless form of communication that multiple components could use. Another reason that Bluetooth is advantageous is because Bluetooth has become relatively inexpensive so people who suffer from disabilities will still be able to afford my device, even though they may have mounting hospital bills. Since the market for the Smart Shelf are elderly and those with disabilities, I needed to make sure anyone [with pacemakers] would be able to use my device without endangering themselves or others around them.”

The next iteration of the Smart Shelf will involve figuring out how to make the Smart Shelf function with an embedded onboard microcomputer and integrated power supply. He is hoping that by being able to open the shelf without a laptop, it will “open up the potential for worldwide adoption.”

Vishwa has high aspirations for himself, dreaming of combining his fascination in engineering with his interest in business and engineering to start a company. He immersed himself in the world of tech at a young age, building his first 3D printer in middle school. He seeks entertainment in robotics, video game programming, cooking, engineering, mobile application building, and teaching classes to children who want to learn to create their own games. He recently launched his first mobile application, Dinosword.

“Through all these goals I want to remain happy by surrounding myself with positive people who can help me fulfill my ideas and help me attain the highest level of accomplishment in different areas. I hope to one day be considered among those in history that will baffle future generations on what allowed me to create such inventions.”

How Bluetooth Low Energy Roll-Cage Beacons are Disrupting Postal Logistic Services

With the explosion of ecommerce and the changes in consumer behavior as a result of the COVID crisis, parcel delivery services are busier than ever before. In fact, many local, regional and even international carriers have broken one record after another in recent months.

New Core Specification v5.3 Feature Enhancements

One of the key reasons why Bluetooth® technology has emerged as the global wireless…

Bluetooth® Core Specification Version 5.3 Feature Enhancements

Bluetooth® Core Specification version 5.3 includes several feature enhancements with the potential to improve…

WA Notify app prevents thousands of COVID-19 cases, UW study finds

A study by researchers at the UW School of Public Health and the Washington State Department…

Bluetooth Range and Reliability: Myth vs Fact

For years, Bluetooth® technology enhanced the lives of millions of people around the world, becoming…

The Role of Lighting in Smart Buildings

Undoubtedly, everyone is aware of two types of lighting, i.e., wired and wireless. It…

New Market Forecasts for Bluetooth Data Transfer Devices

From household appliances and fitness trackers to health sensors and medical innovations, Bluetooth® technology…

The Difference Between Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy

The naming conventions for Bluetooth technologies have changed over the years and still cause…

SmartShepherd Improves Scalability For Their Smart Farming IoT Applications With Cassia’s Bluetooth Gateways

Learn how SmartShepherd partnered with Cassia Networks to enable real-time tracking and monitoring of…

DALI Alliance intros new Bluetooth gateway spec for in-building mesh networks

The DALI Alliance, the trade group representing the DALI smart-lighting interface, has released a…

Bluetooth® Technology and the Future of Connected Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated demand for connected healthcare devices and telehealth solutions. In…

Revealed: New Trends Driving the Future of Bluetooth® Technology

Watch Chuck Sabin, Senior Director, Market Development for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG),…

Innovative Bluetooth Sensor Network Delivers Improved Crop Status Visibility To Commercial Growers

For Agritech company WayBeyond the solution was simple. Yet they had to question why…

2021 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Bluetooth Technology in the Medical Industry

Explore market trends and use cases for Bluetooth medical applications and learn how the…

Guaranteed Transit Quality with Wireless Shock and Environmental Sensors

ASPION found a solution to their needs in the Laird Connectivity BL652 module. Its…

Combatting the Spread of Coronavirus using Medical Sensors and Cassia’s Bluetooth Gateways

The 2019 outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly infectious virus that…

2020 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Bluetooth Core Specification Version 5.2 Feature Overview

This document summarizes and explains the three primary updates in Bluetooth Core Specification version…

2019 Bluetooth Market Update

Supported by updated forecasts from ABI Research and insights from several other analyst firms, the Bluetooth Market Update highlights the latest Bluetooth trends and forecasts.

Overview – Bluetooth Technology

See how the global standard for simple, secure connection has expanded to meet the…

 Get Help