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IIT Delhi alumnus develops a low-cost audio-tactile technology-based device that helps visually impaired kids comprehend real-life images

How often have we wondered if the people with visual impairment could actually perceive the images we see. Well, the good news is that there is now a solution. Comprising of a portable stand, a tactile book and a mobile app – a ready to use solution is now available in the Indian markets. Ankita Gulati, an IIT-Delhi graduate has created a low-cost device, TouchVision which is a multi-sensory education platform for making pictures and diagrams accessible for visually impaired children. It is a patent filed mechanism that facilitates audio-tactile interaction in a simultaneous manner for a child and is completely user-friendly powered by a mobile app and available for the Indian audience. The App uses Finger recognition method, along with simultaneous audio and gesture inputs to make holistic education for vision deprived possible. The innovation has already impacted hundreds of students in the age group of 5 to 10 years.

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