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No more blind spots for the visually impaired with obstacle-sensing cane

It took 10 years and an unlikely alliance between an innovator, NGO and the IIT network to make a useful device affordable for its target consumers. Sathguru commutes by the…

IIT-Delhi develops affordable ‘smart’ cane for blind

Students and fellows at IIT-Delhi have developed a ‘smart’ cane that will help the blind navigate their way in spite of all obstacles that hamper their movement. It only costs…

Snapdeal partners IIT Delhi to sell smart-canes online

E-commerce marketplace Snapdeal today said it has partnered IIT Delhi and Phoenix Medical Solutions to sell ‘SmartCane’ online, priced at Rs 3,500. SmartCane is an advanced version of the white…

This R2D2 can get you up and keep going

From light-weight prosthetics to a standing wheelchair, the IIT-Madras lab develops affordable assistive devices for the disabled. Walking into Sujatha Srinivasan’s lab in IIT-Madras is like entering a sci-fi movie…

A Cane for the Blind that Senses Tall Obstacles

As an undergraduate studying computer science and engineering in New Delhi, Rohan Paul, the son of two doctors, took on a class project working with the blind. He learned that…

Designing Medical Devices for the Poorest Four Billion

Let’s say you have developed a great prototype, but the prototype needs to get to market. It needs to get to commercialization. Commercialization is key to impact, but we have…

For a frugal way to save lives

India’s healthcare infrastructure is dismal, and the poor spend more than half of their income to meet medical needs. Fortunately, as these three stories show, entrepreneurship is joining hands with…

Smart help for blind wins Indian MIT innovator award

When Rohan Paul started working on an electronic navigation device for the visually-challenged during his under-graduation at IIT Delhi in 2005, he had no idea where the innovation would lead…

New Phototherapy Device for Treating Jaundice in Infants

Brilliance Pro, a phototherapy device to treat infants with jaundice, was launched by Phoenix Medical systems recently. The device has features such as Smarttilt to provide consistent intensity across the…

Light-Bulb Moments for a Nonprofit

No baby should die or be disabled because a light bulb can’t be replaced. Yet during visits to hospitals in India and other countries, Krista Donaldson often saw lifesaving phototherapy…

India spawning top notch medical devices companies with

In India, about 15 babies die every minute due to asphyxiation in maternity homes that can’t afford the costly imported infant warmers. Many midwives try and make do with table…