15-year-old Snohomish CEO set to get 'Tonight Show' spotlight




Posted on May 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 10:55 AM

A teenage inventor that KING 5 reported on in January is scheduled to share the stage with Jimmy Fallon Thursday night.

Suman Mulumudi isn't just wrapping up his freshman year at Lakeside School. The Snohomish resident is also the CEO of his own company, StratoScientific Inc.

Suman, whose father is a cardiologist, is only 15 but already has a couple of inventions to his credit. The Steth IO turns a smartphone into a next-generation stethoscope that provides not only audio heart sounds, but visual data that can make it easier to diagnose heart murmurs. He also built the LesionSizer, which gives more accurate measurements of lesions in arteries so surgeons can do a better job with angioplasties for treating blockages.

Suman built both devices using off-the-shelf parts and his own 3D printer.

Those accomplishments apparently got the attention of "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." A source close to Suman's family tells KING 5 that Suman is in New York, where he will be part of tonight's taping of a "Fallonventions" segment, in which Fallon regularly highlights the achievements of young inventors.

Barring any last-minute schedule changes, Suman will appear on the show Thursday after KING 5 News at 11.

In other tech news:

The U.S. Patent Office has approved what could be the starting blueprint for a Microsoft smartwatch.

ZDNet and other tech blogs are reporting that a patent application for such a device filed two years ago by the company was approved by the government last week.

The watch itself would attach via magnet to a wristband, allowing for fashion and function to blend. The watch could also attach to other devices for data downloads and software updates.

An optical sensor on the back of the watch could also read biometric information like heart rates.

Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch, along with other wearable computing devices, for about a year. Tech blogs have reported that the company's Surface team is now in charge of these projects.