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BYU Student Earns $10K For Developing App

PROVO, Utah – A BYU student used his tech training to develop an app that helps people with disabilities — and was awarded the Lemelson MIT Student Prize for his efforts.

He helped create an app called Portal Entryways, which helps people who have disabilities open doors.

“The solutions that they use for accessible doors aren’t necessarily for all types of disabilities,” said BYU student Josh Horne.

The app uses blue-tooth to connect to push-button plates and automatically open doors.

“We are able to approximate how far they are from the door,” Horne said. “Then, while they are in use, making sure it doesn’t close on them — which can be a problem.”

The Lemelson MIT recognition, which only goes to students whose inventions could have a global impact, came with a $10,000 prize.

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