Platt Technical student to present software design on trip to NASA

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MILFORD -

Ethan Feldman, a junior at Platt Technical High School, will take a trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on April 16 to present his software design.

Feldman, 16, created object recognition software as a part of an annual competition through NASA that began with 173 high school teams submitting software and hardware creations.

He says he entered on his own and is now one of the 10 finalists.

His project is essentially an app that astronauts can have on their phones to make tool recognition more efficient.

"You put it on your phone, and you point it at different objects. It'll tell you the name and it'll tell you a little bit of information about it," Feldman said.

Feldman says the app is useful for astronauts on the International Space Station to distinguish between tools that look similar, and to determine their functions.

"This is really good for barcodes," Feldman said. "If you're looking through 50 drawers and you have only 30 seconds to look for it...this is really good for that."

Feldman, who will have the chance to present his app to NASA engineers, has created a GoFundMe account to help with the expenses of completing his design.

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