Roopam Sharma, the next Steve Jobs
Roopam is best known for his work on Manovue [MANOVUE], which is the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired.
It’s an inexpensive technology that does 3 main things: it enables the user to read printed text by simply pointing over the text. 2. It helps them to navigate freely outside well known environment through haptic feedback and 3. It comes with a completely voice controlled mobile phone application and enables the user to use his phone only through his voice. Manovue brings employability, Independance and Empowerment to the visually impaired and is meant to replace the braille language, the cane and will open up the smartphone market to the visually impaired. Manovue was awarded as the winner of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2015 and Yahoo Accenture Innovation Jockeys season 4.
He was recently listed on the MIT Tech Review 35 under 35 list .
He innovates for the betterment of the society and is currently solving the society’s biggest problems by making the use of technology. By creating a way for the visually impaired to read printed data , he can literally replace Braille language.
Roopam was recently awarded the Gifted Citizen Prize 2016 and has been listed as one of the top 8 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review for the year 2016 in India.
This was his introduction. Now , coming to the later part of your question , why do people compare him to Elon Musk ?
Elon Musk is currently busy in solving issues regarding betterment of mankind. ( By creating and promoting clean source of energy cars ). Roopam Sharma too , not a billionaire though , is putting his time to resolve issues regarding betterment of mankind by creating a way for the visually impaired to read print.
He is 21 years old.
He is, as he describes, from a humble middle class Indian family.
He was born and educated in Faridabad, Haryana.
He joined a Bachelors degree in Engineering at Manav Rachna University in Faridabad.
As Wikipedia rightly describes, this 21 year genius started his innovations and research during his undergraduate years . From what is evident from his profile, Manav Rachna Research Innovation and Incubation Centre or MRIIC gave him a huge impetus.
Why are people comparing him to Steve Jobs and Elon Musk ?
Elon Musk was born in 1971 and his first company, Zip2 was founded in 1995. His biggest success SpaceX and Tesla were started in 2002 and 2003 respectively. On the other hand, Steve Jobs born in 1955, co-founded Apple when Steve Wozniak came up to him with a rudimentary model of Apple-I in 1978. That makes Elon Musk 24 years old and Steve Jobs 23 years old at the time of their first innovations.
However, Roopam Sharma born in 1995 came up with ManoVue, one of his finest innovations, at the mere age of 20 years. The project went ahead to make him famous a year or two later.