This dedicated primary school pupil has won global recognition for an invention idea that assists people with hearing loss by helping them see things they can’t hear.
Rye St Antony School youngster Jacob Levy has been selected as one of two winners of the global Ideas for Ears competition.
The Year 5 pupil’s creative idea is ‘hearing glasses’, a pair of spectacles that allows people with hearing loss to see the things they can’t hear.
The glasses would detect sound and turn conversations into written words for the wearer to read in front of their eyes.
The frames would also convert everyday noises into images, such as a dog barking or vibrate with a red warning when there is a potentially dangerous situation.
The competition, run by technology business MED-EL, is designed to encourage young inventors aged six to 11 to dream up new, imaginative ways of helping people with hearing loss.
As one of the winners, Jacob will be flown out to Innsbruck in Austria for a tour of MED-EL’s research and development factory.
Emma Coode, head of prep at the Oxford school, said: “We are all extremely proud of Jacob’s achievement.
“To be selected from entrants from across the world is credit to his creativity and dedication – something that we encourage and develop in all of our students.”