Category: Assistive Technology,
Organization name: Volunteers for the Blind
Launched Date: 2015-05-29
Who has created it: Pradeep Kapoor
Problem statement and how the Accessible Innovation solves the problem.
A blind mans cane has a reach over a metre. This reach is enhanced by this device, enabling a blind person to determine obstacles and doorways.through haptic or vibratory feedback. It indicates the approximate distance as well as presence of an object.
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:
All blind persons in India or overseas can benefit. 20 million in India alone.
How is the accessible innovative solution different from current practices or ways of solving the problem?
The cane is the sole mobility device granting independence to a blind user. This enhances reach, improves feedback to the user and is cost effective.
How is the accessible innovative solution new, different or unique in terms of the technology or implementation?
The smart cane has limitations which this wearable device can overcome. The device developed by the British costs 20 times more. That developed by the US costs four times more.
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.
The device will reach the blind through sales. After sales services are available in all states.
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 device can help locate an object on a table or a parked car on the road. Both are developments beyond the cane. Its wearable, on the arm, leg or mounted on a cane, held in the palm. It improves options for a blind person.
Stories of how the Innovation has touched lives.
A blind person negotiates a corridor with ease. He can locate doorways, windows, furniture or a glass of water with equal ease. When used in conjunction with a cane it enables multiple options to a user. But used in the palm it needs only a wave of the hand.