A headturning idea from ‘technology geek’ Adam

Adam Farah, of Monk Bretton, with his invention, the 'Happy Medium', a device which detects faces in a living room and automatically moves the tv to the prime viewing position.
Adam Farah, of Monk Bretton, with his invention, the 'Happy Medium', a device which detects faces in a living room and automatically moves the tv to the prime viewing position.
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A SELF-confessed ‘supergeek’ from South Yorkshire is celebrating after his latest invention won an international competition.

Adam Farah’s ‘Happy Medium’ beat 700 other applicants in the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s camera contest.

Now the Barnsley man is hoping his invention might help bring peace to couples everywhere.

“The idea came about because my girlfriend always nabs the best seat in the living room to watch TV, leaving me craning my neck,” said Adam, aged 30.

Systems analyst Adam began designing and building a unit, printed out piece-by-piece on his 3D printer, that sits between a TV and its stand.

It incorporates a camera which detects the faces in the room and then automatically positions the TV to a prime-viewing position for all.

“I’d been using a webcam, but it relayed the image too slowly,” he said.

“When I heard about the contest to win one of a pre-production camera, that runs pretty much in real-time, I decided to enter.”

The competition attracted entries from all over the world, leaving the tech team to narrow down an enormous list to just 10 finalists.

“As well as making us all laugh with his light-hearted introduction and pitch, Adam’s entry has got the serious potential to be a useful addition to everybody’s living room - and promises to build healthy relationships everywhere,” the judges said.

“His was one of the few entries our entire team agreed on. Now if he could come up with something for whether you watch Grand Designs or music TV channels, we’d be even happier!”