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This 17-Year-Old Created A Device That Lowers Your Energy Bill By Memorizing Your Schedule


“They don’t know how to communicate in analog.” “They freak out if they don’t have their phones with them, at all times.” “All they want to do is look at the iPad.”

All common criticisms of Millennials. Hey, maybe a little bit tr — Oh, sorry, I got distracted by Facebook. Where was I?

Right, Millennials. We grew up with technology. Especially those who are in their early 20s or not quite there. So, maybe there’s a little tech saturation.

But equally true is that some pretty amazing innovations are coming into the world right now. From super young people — like 17-year-old Ameer Sami, who has a Kickstarter to raise funds for his creation, the Ottobox, an energy-saving smart home device that looks cute and comes with none of the annoying wiring or clunk that existing versions have.

Ameer’s passion is partly to credit — ever since he was in 6th grade, and the iPhone came out, he was curious about technology, and how it could change the world. He finally got an iPhone as a freshman in high school (but quickly exchanged it for an android).

But behind every driven youngster, is often a supportive parent. Or at least, one who yells.

One day in his sophomore year, Ameer fell asleep on the couch, while watching TV. He left the lamp on, and woke up to his mom yelling at him — “because it was wasting electricity, and the bulbs go out faster.”

He thought about the situation — “I started looking for solutions, different products, and saw they didn’t do what I wanted.” Looking at various smart home devices, he was dissatisfied. “Either you have to set rules, or there are a bunch of sensors, they’re expensive or annoying. I decided to create a prototype for myself, something to turn lights on and off for me.”

From there, Ameer’s mom, who he called “a serial entrepreneur,” helped to push forward his project to create a home automation device that learns your schedule and reduces your electric bill. (She is now the CEO.)

Source: collectively


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