Update On :21 April 2016
To ensure independent mobility and safety of the visually-challenged people, Indian E-retailer Snapdeal has planned to sell SmartCane (electronic travel aid) online at Rs. 3500 by collaborating with IIT Delhi and Phoenix Medical Solutions. As a part of the partnership, potential donors can also choose to donate SmartCane via Snapdeal Sunshine platform, where the product will be shipped directly to NGO partner Saksham that works for empowering persons with blindness.
Using ultrasonic ranging, SmartCane helps predict above knee-level obstacles and therefore, ensures safety against collisions. The device is already used by nearly 10,000 people in the country. Tony Navin, Senior Vice President (Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives) of Snapdeal said that they are confident that this product will be well received and our customers will also come forward to donate SmartCane to NGOs working with persons with visual impairment.
M Balakrishnan, Professor at IIT Delhi and Smartcane Team Lead said the product was initiated as a class project. He added that it is an outcome of several years of joint effort of academia, industry and user community to make in India an affordable device that conforms to international quality standards. The online availability of such assistive technology products will go a long way in empowering persons with visual disabilities.
News Source From : http://gadgets.ndtv.com/science/news/snapdeal-partners-iit-delhi-to-sell-its-smartcane-online-827204
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