Summary: Badshah Shows a Genius Touch
BY SAMEER PANESAR STAFF WRITER
The 2,000 attendees of the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Conference in Vancouver,
Canada, will get a break from the slew of papers presented by graying professors and post-
graduate students: one from senior Akash Badshah, the first high school student to present
a paper in the conferences twenty-eight year history.
Badshah will present a paper concerning a haptic, or touch-driven, feedback device on May
13. He will discuss a device he constructed this past summer before coming to Exeter as a
postgraduate. "My project is called ,,Interactive Generator or ,,InGen for short," Badshah
said. "It is a self-powered rotary device that provides haptic feedback." Familiar applications
of such tactile technology include vibrations in a touchscreen or in a rumbling game
controller, Badshah said.
Badshahs device, "a self-powered general purpose wireless controller capable of providing
haptic feedback," is the first of its kind because it is extremely power efficient.
CHI, Badshah said, is the "premier annual conference in the field of computer-human
interaction. Researchers from around the world submit their papers," he said.
Badshah will rub elbows with top scientists and engineers from research institutions and
universities around the world. "Microsoft, Intel and Google all have strong presences at the
conference," he said.
Badshahs paper was selected in the top one percent of papers submitted to the conference.