Standford University student Maya Varma invented a device that can save lives of the people. She has come up with the spirometer cheap enough to be universally accessible, she achieved something extraordinary at her teenage. In 2016, at the Intel Science Talent Search, Maya won the First Place Medal of Distinction for innovation for designing an inexpensive pulmonary function analyzer for the diagnosis of five pulmonary illnesses. The device invented by Maya is extremely inexpensive along with necessary materials costing a measly $35. Maya rising sophomore at Standford University. Maya was awarded $150,000. She is using the awarded money for her tuition and academic expenses at Stanford. Currently, Maya pursuing an Engineering degree and expected to work in the medical device innovation field, it is the area where she has done unbelievable progress.
Maya’s invented device used to diagnose lung disease. According to the sources, Maya explained how her device helps to save lives and how does it works. She stated that according to WHO, the occurrences of the diseases like a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema has been increasing rapidly around the world, around six hundred million people worldwide have some form of respiratory illness. Specifically, COPD is the third-leading cause of death. Such kind of illnesses diagnosed through an invented device known as “spirometer”. The device determines lung function by determining the volume of air that a patient expels. The current spirometers are too expensive so most of the people afflicted with COPD are receiving no medical treatment, so deaths occur in developing nations as a result of the lack of access to affordable diagnostic equipment. Maya’s invented device designed in such a way that it is cost effective. The device contains a 3D printed mouthpiece in which the patient respires, the data processing completed through an electronics board and an Android application that graphs incoming data as well as interprets results. The results of tests specified that the new device was able to detect and classify symptoms of different diseases accurately, the total cost of the system is under $35, so the people from the developing countries can use this device.