Meet Zuko Mandlakazi, the inventor of a device that helps deaf people

Meet Zuko Mandlakazi, the inventor of a device that helps deaf people

Zuko Mandlakazi invented a groundbreaking device that could potentially save the lives of millions of deaf people.

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Mandlakazi saw a need to help deaf people identify danger without the ability to hear, so he invented a device that detects sound and lets the user know via vibration and a LED light.

He founded Senso, a wristband that detects possible danger through sound. The band then sends the information to the person wearing it through vibrations and a LED light.

The young entrepreneur observed his environment and saw there was a need for something to help deaf people be more aware of their surroundings.

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“I saw the brutality that people with the same conditions as my aunt went through,” quoted Mandlakazi.

Early on his developing stages, the young inventor got an offer of half a million rand for 50% shares in his business, but he turned down the offer adding Senso was worth much more.

SME South Africa reported Mandlakazi said he had a gut feeling that the money was not enough for the product he developed. gathered he already had R500k seed money, which won from several entrepreneurial competitions.

He has since built up his business and managed to get R1.2 million over four months.

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