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Technology developed: An Efficient Writing Tool for Visually Impaired (TP19764817900)
Category: Product(Hardware/Material/Software)
Details of Inventor(s):
Inventor Institution/Organization/Company Department Designation
Dr. Shantanu Bhattacharya IIT Kanpur Mechanical Engineering Faculty Member
Dr. Satyaki Roy IIT Kanpur Design Program Faculty Member
Mr. Sachin N. P. IIT Kanpur Design Program Student
Mr. Vimal C. IIT Kanpur Design Program Student
Technical Application Area: ITS & Assistive Technology
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Organization(s):
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Affiliated Ministry: Ministry of Education
Type of technology development: Indigenous
Does the technology help in replacing any import items currently
procured from outside India?
Does the technology have export potential? 1
Category of Technology developed: Futuristic
Stage of Development: Lab-scale
Please describe in detail including the TRL Level:
TRL Level 4

    Abstract:

Applications: 1. A writing, Braille and drawing board for the blind or visually impaired is disclosed. In one implementation, a slate is provided that can be used by a person to write any languages (such as but not limited to English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, German, French or for that matter any languages) and to perform mathematical calculations. The slate solves the problems of writing and performing mathematical operations in a single device which uses the same technique which visually impaired people have learnt for writing in an affordable and user friendly package. 2. The slate includes two plates, a stencil and a stylus. The bottom plate has raised dots and the stylus tip has depression which gives helps in embossing the texts. A single column stencil covering just one line helps in exposing other part of the page which can be read without taking out the paper.
Advantages: 1. The present subject matter described herein relates to a device and a method for learning and teaching mathematics, the alphabet, phonics, Braille, color, geometry, tactile discrimination, and vocabulary. 2. An object of the present invention is to solve the problems of writing and performing mathematical operations in a single device which uses the same technique which visually impaired people have learnt for writing in an affordable and user friendly package. 3. Design and develop a slate that can be used by a person to write any languages (such as but not limited to English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, German, French or for that matter any languages) and do mathematical calculations. 4. Another object of the present invention is to provide a slate that has ability to allow writing left to right. 5. Present invention is to provide a slate that has an ability to perform mathematical operations easily. 6. Present invention is to provide a slate that has an ability to enable the user to read and write at the same time. 7. Present invention is to provide a slate that has ability to read the already written text without removing paper from the slate. 8. Present invention is to provide a slate whose learning cycle for this device is very less as it uses the same method of writing. 9. Present invention is to provide a slate that is of low cost which is comparatively lesser than the combined cost of existing Braille slate and Taylor board.

    Technology Inputs:

Imported Equipment/Spare Parts:
Equipment/Spare Parts Year ITC-HS Code
NA
Indigenous Equipment/Spare Parts:
Equipment/Spare Parts Year ITC-HS Code
NA
Imported Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
NA
Indigenous Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
NA
Existing R&D Facilities used:
Facilities Year ITC-HS Code
NA

    R&D Investment:

R&D investment (Rs. in Lakhs):                    
Indian Source (Rs.) Foreign Source (Rs.) Year
0 0 NA

   Patents & Publications:

Patents:
Filed Patents (No.) Granted Patents (No.) Year
1 0 2016-17
Publications:
Submitted (No.) Published (No.) Year
0 0 NA

    Commercialization Potential:

Who are the Potential Licensees?
What commercially available products address
the same problem?
Company Product Problem Addressed
Would you like to develop this invention further with
corporate research support?
Yes
Would you be interested in participating in cluster based
programs for commercialization research or business
planning for your invention?
Yes
      Submitted by: Tarun Gupta Date of Submission: 5-8-2020



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