Teen serial inventor returns with pollution filter to clear city skies

Nineteen-year-old Angad Daryani in a workshop at the Georgia Institute of Technology with his prototype air filter.
Angad Daryani wants to scrub pollution from the air
03:00 - Source: CNN
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Angad Daryani. Remember the name.

The 19-year-old from Mumbai has already gained a reputation. He left school in the ninth grade and then self-educated while working with MIT Media Lab until the age of 17. Daryani has launched multiple startups and social initiatives, and collaborated on a string of inventions that fall squarely into the “Why hasn’t someone thought of that before?” category.

There was the “eye-pad,” designed to instantly convert written English and French into Braille. The Sharkbot, a $350 3-D printer. A low-cost ECG heart monitor and a vehicle controlled by hand gestures.

Now, Daryani is pushing forward with an industrial-scale air filter to rid skies of pollutants and carcinogens that plague modern cities.

“Growing up, I had asthma,” he explained. “I used to have a lot of breathing problems growing up in India.”

The World Health Organization estimates that India has 15 million to 20 million asthmatics, the condition affecting roughly 10% to 15% of 5- to 11-year-olds.

Air quality has been a longstanding issue. India is the world’s third largest emitter of carbon dioxide, according to Global Carbon Atlas, and an economic boom is putting more cars on the streets. Garbage fires, crop burning and road dust also contribute to air pollution. During one bad period of smog in New Delhi in late 2017, breathing outdoors was equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day.