A Pakistani family, the Mayets, won the Technology Award – AI World Championship on Saturday for inventing Cavity Crusher, a device that uses artificial intelligence to monitor a child’s brushing habits.
They participated in the junior division of the AI Family Challenge in the first ever AI World Championship in Santa Clara, USA. The championship selected families that are using artificial intelligence to solve problems in their communities.
The winning family’s coach, Sana Mehmood, was also recognized for her efforts in training them. She tweeted:
“Alhamdulillah, got the “Technology Award” at AI World Championship . It was an amazing experience to have @JeffDean and @TaraChk and other respectable high notch people around.@pakscienceclub @IridescentLA @curious_machine”
Over 140 coaches from all around the world participated with their teams.
However, only six were selected as finalists from 6 countries i.e. Pakistan, Boulivia, Palestine, Spain, the US and Uzbekistan. Cavity Crusher’s algorithm uses the time of brushing to determine a child’s oral health habits. Parents will be notified if the child has spent inadequate time on brushing.
Before the prototype, the family built a model which recognized images of tooth brushing. But they decided that number data could get more accurate results. Other awards such as Social Impact Award and Inspiration Award were also given.
Season 2 of the championship begins in August 2019 and submissions are due February 2020.
The ‘cavity crusher’: Project presented at AI World Championship
Yasir, with his parents’ assistance, has built an application which connects to a stand through Bluetooth signal.
One need only place their conventional toothpaste and toothbrush in this stand. The application will pick up on when the two items are taken out of the stand and how long the child has spent brushing their teeth. An AI-based monitor will assess the time spent to determine the child’s oral health habits. The application will then send a message to the parents informing them accordingly.
The device will also be able to tell whether the tooth paste was used and if yes, how much of it was used. Yasir and his family call this technology ‘the cavity crusher’. The technology is not only useful for caregivers who can monitor their child’s teeth-brushing practice but also fascinating for children to observe a device picking up when their toothbrush and toothpaste leaves the stand.
It is likely to serve as a motivator for it’s not just an adult nagging a child but a cool AI-based device tracking the child’s habit.
Courtesy: Samaa TV