Now Smart Canes for the Visually ChallengedÃ¢â‚¬â€an IIT-Delhi Initiative
Marking a history once again is IIT-Delhi, which in association with Chennai-based Phoenix Medical Systems, is all geared up to introduce Smart Cane for the visually challenged in a few months.
The innovation of Smart Cane comes in the wake of a huge smart-device flood ripping through markets.
Priced at Rs. 2000, Smart Cane is navigation and mobility aid especially designed for the visually challenged.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The smart cane product, conceptualized by IIT-Delhi and being produced by Phoenix, is set to be launched in the market within a month,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ted Bianco, Director of Technology Transfer, Wellcome Trust, toldÃ‚Â Business LineÃ‚Â on the sidelines of a medical summit here.
Smart Cane can easily detect any obstacle up to 3 kilometers away with its ultrasonic sensors. It conveys the range of obstacle using vibrating signals. A user-detachable unit as it is, it is powered by a rechargeable battery.
This revolutionary product is expected to marketed and developed by Wellcome Trust. It is recognized for its financial support to translational research for affordable healthcare in India.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our design emphasis has been on affordability. We have carried out extensive user trials across multiple locations,Ã¢â‚¬Â Shirshendu Mukherjee, Sr Advisor, India Initiative, Wellcome Trust, said.Most smart canes available in India are imported from other countries. They cost about Rs. 20,000 each.
In another such smart-device revolution is hand-held ophthalmoscope that can detect retinopathy. A Bangalore-based product design and development firm, Remidio, is developing this product. This product is being developed by Remidio under the Wellcome Trust transfer of technology of program.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This product will cost less than half of the ophthalmoscopes available in the market, which are also centralised in their availability. Our product is a battery operated one with reflex free retinal imaging. We are also making a mobile platform for the product so that it can transfer the images to doctors located far away for providing the report,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mukherjee said.