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Catherine Wong, 17, of Morristown, submitted an Intel Science Talent Search project in bioengineering that presented two novel prototypes for wireless, mobile phone-based telemedicine devices. Inspired by the museum exhibition Design for the Other 90%, Catherine taught herself how to work with microprocessors and develop phone software in order to build a Bluetooth-enabled stethoscope prototype. The device produced acoustic performance comparable to traditional stethoscopes and wirelessly transmitted heart and lung sounds to a mobile phone. She then developed an EKG prototype that produces digitized electrocardiograph results for transmission to mobile devices. She currently has two patents pending for her prototypes, each of which costs less than $250 to produce, and she has published the first phase of her research in a peer-reviewed journal. Catherine attends Morristown High School and is the daughter of James and Margaret Wong. She co-founded Kids Teach Kids, a local tutoring program, and is the owner and manager of Better Than Wikinotes, an online academic notes database. She hopes to develop an entire suite of wireless telemedicine devices for use in developing countries.
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