Ryan Mark

Smart Snapshots: Storytelling with Smartphones

Ryan Mark, USA Global finalist, 13-15

Hailing from Arlington, Virginia, Ryan (15) loves programming and building apps. Considering his smart phone one day, he wondered if the camera on his phone could be used to analyze a substance and immediately recognize that substance with the right software. After heavy research and experimentation, he coded a software program that can begin with images taken with and without the infrared smartphone camera setting and analyze them for color and shape to determine the substance tested. He used common random items like food items, cotton cloth, aluminum foil, and a leaf for his tests, and his application correctly identified the substances in every case. Ryan hopes infrared imaging smartphone technology can be used by the health industry along with his program to identify substances like cancerous cells quickly at a relatively low cost.