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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) impacts millions; these high-school-age inventors have an antidote

Ed Oswald | Oct. 11, 2016
The Life Light can turn a window into a phototherapy system.

“At NuVu, we begin with interesting, open-ended problems and the students learn and apply knowledge based on the needs of their particular projects,” said NuVu coach and co-founder David Wang, who holds a doctorate in robotics from MIT. “For the [Life Light] project, the students needed to learn a lot about design, engineering, robotics, and physics in order for the [Life Light] to be able to function smoothly and in an intelligent manner based on changing environmental conditions.”

Reid and her team will continue to work on this project through the next year before she goes off to college in late 2017. She intends to take her project to Kickstarter before entering college, she said, and hopes to offer the Life Light as a retail product by 2018.

Why this matters: It doesn't matter how effective a medical treatment is if patients can't bring themselves to participate in it. The conventional treatments for SAD have proven to be highly effective, but who wants to sit in front of a light-box for hours on end? If it makes it to market, the Life Light could improve many people's lives.


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