Affordable, Indigenous Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities

Technologies to address the needs of people with different types of disabilities

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BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA
IN India
Web http://www.mindtreefoundation.org/
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In development

About the project Edit

KAVI is a device that will assist persons with severe speech impairment to communicate with ease. The application software allows the selection of one letter or image at a time, strings them together to form words, and uses text-to-speech conversion to generate audio output. ADITI (Analog Digital Theremin Interface) is an input device to a computer developed to enable people with severe muscular skeletal disorders to access computers more easily.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Currently, it is not possible for international makers to either sell their current devices at the required price points or invest in research to make devices targeted towards Indian needs. Hence, there is a great need for developing affordable and indigenous technologies. MindTree’s innovations avoid cost scalations, localise graphics and accents and have a high level of reliability and stability.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Aware of the benefits that technology can deliver to people with disabilities, MindTree is in the process of adding final touches to several devices that can enable the differently abled to interact better with their environment. The primary audience for this will be individuals with Cerebral Palsy, which is a motor disability that severely limits control over limbs and speech. The second audience will be people with severe muscular skeletal disorders – Cerebral Palsy, Arthritis etc.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Winner of Manthan Awards 2010 (E-Inclusion category) , Digital Inclusion for Development, South Asia
In India, the concept of Assistive Technologies has been limited to mostly hearing aids, prosthetics and wheelchairs. More sophisticated technology is needed to help a person with special needs to perform many of the tasks required to function independently, communicate and be productive in today’s world. Apart from the cost related issues, there are also issues of availability, training, localization, servicing etc- even for those who can afford them.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Through this initiative, the MindTree Foundation aims to develop and disseminate assistive technologies to address the needs of people with different types of disabilities – muscular, visual, hearing, mental and learning.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

MindTree Foundation was officially incorporated on 20th November 2007 under section 25 of Companies Act. MindTree is committed to the pursuit of better living for people with disabilities and enhancement in the quality of primary education. Working on the leading edge of technology innovation, MindTree firmly believes it can add significant value through assistive technologies in achieving these goals.MindTree Foundation provides the platform to channelize these initiatives.


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