Electronics Wizard (Jun, 1953)
By Eric Northrup
EMIK AVAKIAN sits in his wheel chair surrounded by electronic miracles. He is a victim of cerebral palsy which has handicapped his body but not effected his brilliant mind. His condition inspired his inventing career. He says, “A man’s body is a vast intercom system serviced by a central transmitter, the brain. Palsy victims such as I suffer a breakdown of communications.” This realization led him to develop communication aids which, according to United Cerebral Palsy, may be a boon to other disabled persons. Some are shown here.
In his studio workshop in Crestwood, N. Y. with cathode tubes, transistors, switches, cables, etc., Avakian is continuing to employ the strength of modern science in new mechanical equipment which will aid his fellow victims to compensate for their weakness caused by the dread disease. One is an Electrode Headgear which will control machines by brain waves.