Gallery: 17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone


While some teens are twiddling their thumbs away on their phone, checking out Facebook, other teens like 17-year old Catherine Wong are using cell phones to build life-saving devices for developing nations. Wong, a New Jersey native, visited her local retailer and purchased some off-the-shelf electronics which she used to build an inexpensive electrocardiogram machine to track heart activity. But it doesn’t end there – the enterprising teen fashioned the device to wirelessly send the data collected to a Java-enabled cell phone app and then on to a diagnosing physician — all in real time.

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