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Inventive Bath brothers get attention at world event

10/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Joseph Anand, 15, brought his KARTS — Kinetic Arduino Rehabilitation Therapy System to the World Maker Faire. It assists people who need physical therapy, allowing them to do it using a video game system. He is shown at bottom right demonstrating the use of a pulley system that is part of the system.
Daniel Anand, 12, is shown above with his project at the World Maker Faire in New York City last month.
Photos courtesy of Joseph Anand
BATH — Two Bath brothers have taken their passion for innovation to the worldwide stage.

Joseph Anand, 15, and Daniel Anand, 12, took part in the World Maker Faire that took place Sept. 21-22 in New York City. The two are part of what’s called the Maker Movement, an international effort in which individuals from tech enthusiasts to crafters to scientists to garage tinkerers innovate and experiment across the spectrum of science, engineering, art and craft.

Next, the two will take part at the Akron Mini Maker Faire at the Akron-Summit County Main Library Nov. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The boys are the children of Vijay and Ammu Anand and are home-schooled.

Joseph said the two became interested in the Maker Movement through their studies.

“It kind of started with a lot of our science projects,” he said. “I was interested in electronics especially, so that led me to a microcontroller called an Arduino. After I got involved in that and online forums, I found out more about the Maker Movement.”

The brothers started getting Make magazine, which spurred the movement, and doing projects from its pages.

“After seeing a few World Maker Faires in the news, we decided we could take our latest projects and displays,” Joseph said.

He brought his project, called KARTS, or Kinect Arduino Rehabilitation Therapy System, for Injured Veterans.

“The idea is for injured vets or others who need physical therapy to use video games to do physical therapy at home instead of a center,” he said. “I decided to use the Kinect [video game system], which uses video instead of a remote you hold. I wasn’t sure how to program the Kinect, so first I talked with a professor at The University of Akron who guided me.”

His first model was a small prototype with which he used a stuffed animal attached to the pulley system to demonstrate. Later, using a neighbor’s shop, he built a full-size version that he took to the World Maker Faire.

For his project, Daniel made a wheelchair transfer system to help patients move from a wheelchair to a bed.

“My original prototype was a crank with a pulley, then I motorized it,” Daniel said. “Since I’ve been little, my parents took me to nursing homes, so I saw when patients wanted to move that they would need to wait for someone to help them.”

The brothers said they both earned Editor’s Choice Awards while at the Faire. They also met many people who complimented their projects or gave suggestions to improve them, and they were also inspired to come up with some new projects.

As for their futures, Joseph said he is hoping to join the U.S. Air Force.

“I want to fly, but I’m also open to other things,” he said.

Daniel said he’s considering becoming a doctor.

In the meantime, both are making plans to attend the Akron Mini Maker Faire. Daniel plans to bring his project from the World Maker Faire, but Joseph said he wants to bring something new that he’s working on.

For more information, go to www.makerfaire.com.

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