Category: Assistive Technology,
Organization name: B.V. Raju institute of Technology
Launched Date: 2015-12-03
Who has created it: Shiva Subhashini Pakalapati
Problem statement and how the Accessible Innovation solves the problem.
Lower limb amputees, polio afflicted individuals, visually challenged citizens, bed ridden or elderly individuals with knee problems like in old age homes cannot move around like a healthy individual to do their daily chores. They depend on their care takers or family members to perform household tasks like controlling the home appliances. Assistive Technology Lab at BVRIT offers solution to the problem through S-CUBE that also keeps their caretakers hassle free and enables any user to control the home appliances speed/intensity through a mobile app.
Tell us who is the target audience and how the accessible innovation will benefit them. Please specify the different target audiences groups and provide numbers and statistics of your current clients as well as what is the potential number of people that the innovation can impact and empower:
S-CUBE can help every household in general to save power and should be incorporated in the vision of "SMART HOMES/CITIES". This can especially become the example of inclusive society for any physically challenged individual. It caters to:
- Limb Amputees
- Visually Challenged
- Polio Afflicted
- General Public
How is the accessible innovative solution different from current practices or ways of solving the problem?
At present, we see the physically challenged facing difficulty to operate or control their home appliances.The wastage of power should not be the case after such scientific advancement of the world. Also its high time India makes its society disable friendly. Hence S-CUBE is an innovative product with the feature of entire home appliance control using a mobile application also with the feedback system.
How is the accessible innovative solution new, different or unique in terms of the technology or implementation?
The major factor differentiating S-CUBE with other available models is its cost effectiveness. Also the inter connectivity of modules from the Master in S-CUBE is wireless whereas currently available models are wired from one room to another.
How do you get the innovative solution to reach the target audience? Please elaborate on the your go to market strategy and which geographies do you currently work in and what are your future plans for marketing your innovation.
Assistive Technology Lab at BVRIT Narsapur is associated with various rehabilitation centers and marketing startups that are interested to promote our product. We have installed the product at quite a few places for free so the user can test it for himself/herself. Currently we are promoting it around Narsapur and Hyderabad, Telangana. Our future plan is to enhance the product reach by involving MBA students of our institution to market the product as well as to collaborate with Thincovate, a marketing startup that wants to take our products to the normal households. The product is also going to be available online along with the installation guide. We are planning to provide the products at a further subsidized rate if the government agencies can pitch in.
What is the potential impact of the innovative solution on the lives of the target audience? Please elaborate by providing statistics of the current impact and the potential impact.
The impact is very high as the product has a wider reach. It will most importantly set a great example to the younger generation on smart and effective solutions to everyday problems. It will make the physically challenged and elderly highly independent.
Stories of how the Innovation has touched lives.
Srinivas who is employed in Assistive Technology Lab is given the first product. He moves on a wheel chair and takes care of the arrangements during the lectures and guest visits. It gets difficult for him to maneuver to every switch board to turn on/off or control the speed of an appliance. Now he does it from his place through the smart phone. Life became simpler.