By by Emma Hoey
Seventeen-year-old Eddy Zhong of Cambridge has made a name for himself through his company Blanc Inc., a smart watch company. His flagship project, Spark, is a smart watch that helps people stay awake during the day and has earned him recognition throughout the country. Spark is designed for those who have trouble staying awake and energized throughout the day as well as those with narcolepsy. Spark has a minimalist design with a futuristic aesthetic. It is embedded with technology that permits Spark to monitor the body’s motion. When the watch senses its wearer is about to fall asleep, it wakes him or her with a gentle vibration.
Eddy Zhong has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. When he was just 14, he began developing educational programs to help students find the perfect mentor. Zhong and his friends developed Spark in order to handle their own drowsiness in class. The invention had a huge impact, as it has helped many narcoleptics stay awake throughout the day.
Zhong’s greatest goal is to utilize technology in inventive ways. He said, “Ideas and technology can make a huge impact; this is what has been pushing the human race for thousands of years.” He went about creating Spark by researching problems it had the potential to solve, thinking outside of the box, and seeking help from friends and family with engineering experience.
Spark first launched in April 2014, retailing through the company’s website as well as a Kickstarter campaign. The watch retails online at $49.00. Spark will be rereleased this year with modifications to the technology as well as customizable bands and different color options.
Currently, Zhong runs a summer organization, Leangap, that teaches high school students about entrepreneurship and creativity in business. Zhong believes in focusing on the present, but the vision he holds for his company is to “continue creating wearable technology that can solve problems while also having meaning.”