Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) students were given the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award-2017 for developing a prototype of a Braille slate called 'Anubhav' at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 5.
Students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) were given the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award-2017 for developing a prototype of a Braille slate called 'Anubhav' at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 5.
Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards celebrates the spirit of student innovation in all the fields of engineering, science, technology and design through extremely affordable/frugal solution or the ones pushing the technological edge.
As per an HT report, there were 2,715 nominations from 308 institutions and universities from 27 states and two Union Territories across 54 different subject disciplines. This year, 22 innovations were selected for the award and another 17 for appreciation.
First device to help visually impaired read and write simultaneously:
The idea was to develop 'Anubhav' was initiated by Sachin NP and Vimal Chandru, design programme students who worked under the guidance of Prof Shantanu Bhattacharya. According to them there was no single device that could help the visually impaired read and write simultaneously before this.
Sachin, who graduated from IIT-K and is currently working with a German company, said: "The award is a reward for our hard work. It will inspire us to do more innovation and bring about a change in society. Technology should be used for the betterment and welfare of society."
"So we thought of sorting out the issue. The idea was to make a single device that can perform the functions of both the Braille slate and the Taylor's board," said Sachin and Vimal.
The Braille slate has two polymer-based pads hinged to one side, a single row of metal stencil with Braille cell patterns etched on it and an ergonomic stylus with a hollow cylindrical tube.
'Anubhav' consists of cells with raised dots arranged on a slate and a stencil that slides down vertically from one row to the other. Using the hollow-tube stylus, the raised dots can be embossed on a paper placed between the pads.
"The device has been tested with visually impaired children in Kanpur (Andh Vidyalaya students), and the results have been very encouraging," claimed Sachin, adding, "This project has been in progress for the past one year. 'Anubha' was the result of thorough research. Now, we are trying to approach the state government to make this product available in the market."