Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

A vision for invention to help blind people see  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 07/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) University student janani ram is now in the throes of making her prize-winning idea into reality and helping the blind ?see?.

it’s like google glass meeting the bionic eye; and it has all been dreamed up by a dubai teenager.

nineteen-year-old university student janani ram is hoping to transform the lives of blind and visually impaired people around the globe with her prize-winning high-tech idea my visual companion.

ram who was born in india but lives in dubai has won 35000 after taking out one of four categories — invention — in a regional competition run by samsung called launching people. ram’s idea was declared the winner through popular vote.

the concept sees visually impaired people donning a set of custom-made glasses that contain a gps device and a camera which will then send audio signals to the wearer to help them ‘see’ obstacles around them and whether a walking signal is green or red.

“it’s like glasses or shades the camera would be at the top right corner of one of the shades and it would be able to detect obstacles… once it captures them it would send an audio signal to the blue tooth which in turn gives a message” says ram.

ram who has just finished her second year at the birla institute of technology & science’s dubai campus said she had long been interested in helping those with disabilities after her grandfather took her to visit orphanages when she was younger.

“the little joys of life... like watching birds flying... we in this age of technology don’t have the time to stop and enjoy these things we take them for granted then i realised the visually challenged don’t have these joys and i felt a moral obligation to help them.”

the teenager said that while “i definitely won’t be able to give them their independence fully” she hoped she could do so partially and that through her invention visually impaired people would feel confident to go out on the streets alone.

“when i visited the orphanages it made me realise (blind people are) confident and very strong except for simple things like crossing the road and that’s why i wanted to help them with technology…to help them move around safely and independently and make them feel confident.”

during the development stages which took several weeks ram said she spoke with blind people in india to find out what their biggest problems were through which they could use technology to help overcome.

“i always felt that they felt…dependent to even go anywhere so i always wanted to make their traveling a bit easier and less dependent. i asked them about it and they came back to me saying that is one of the major concerns for them.”

now the next big problem in ram’s busy schedule — even over the summer break she will be on an engineering internship — is to turn her concept into reality.

the concept

visually impaired people could wear a set of custom-made glasses that contain a gps device and a camera which will send audio signals to the wearers to help them ‘see’ obstacles around them and whether a walking signal is green or red

however she said she was feeling confident that the first prototype could be built over several months with the aid of a mentor provided by samsung mohammad saeed harib who created animated emirati series freej.

“we’ve got so many things like google glass and so many other things that can actually scan what’s in front of you it should be relatively possible.

“i’ve no idea how long it’s going to take but i’m sure samsung is going to be with me along the way.”

ram admitted to feeling “terrified” that she now has to put her money where her mouth is.

“it’s going to be more real because it has to reach people. the idea was good because they selected it…the thought that it’s going to become alive it’s kind of unnerving.”

but her success had also helped distil the direction she wanted to go in the future she said.

“once the idea got through and it came as a winner…it made me realise i want to do things that will contribute to society. whatever i do should contribute to society all my future projects.”

sumsung gulf electronics head of corporate marketing marco vocale said ram and the other winners impressed both the judges and public.

“i would like to congratulate them for pursuing their dreams. we now with the help of our mentors look forward to supporting these individuals to launch their ideas in the coming weeks.”



Khaleej Times

  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 30 2015 - Kuwait oil minister leaves post days before Opec meetingGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Kuwait named Deputy Prime Minister Anas al-Saleh as acting oil minister to replace Ali al-Omair (pictured) who became minister of public affairs and retained his role as state ...

 Nov 30 2015 - Dana Gas wins $1.98bn Kurdistan judgementGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) ...

 Nov 30 2015 - India's SpiceJet 'receives' interest from Gulf airlinesGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Indian budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd, which has surged more than 280% this year, said it's received interest from Gulf airlines looking to acquire a stake."Some of the Gulf ...

 Nov 30 2015 - Qatar- Investment in healthcare makes for a healthy economyGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Under the wise and dynamic leadership of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the growth and improvement in quality of Qatar's health sector has been a major ...

 Nov 30 2015 - GCC should adopt a holistic approach to managing urban water supply: ExpertGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region should adopt a holistic approach to managing urban water supply, according to an expert at the Qatar Environment and Energy Research ...

 Nov 30 2015 - Brent crude dips on firm dollar ahead of OPEC meetingGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Brent crude futures dipped on Monday as traders remained cautious ahead of an OPEC meeting later this week and as a widely expected US interest rate hike strengthened the ...

 Nov 30 2015 - India- Kerala expects more tourists from the GulfGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Encouraged by the response it received at the Arabian Travel Mart held in Dubai in May, Kerala Tourism is conducting a series of roadshows in the Gulf region.The tourism board ...

 Nov 30 2015 - Carson meets Syrian refugees, opposes them coming to USGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who last week compared Syrian refugees to "rabid dogs," met with refugees in Jordan on Saturday and urged the US government to do ...

 Nov 30 2015 - IS executes 3,500 in Syria since declaring 'caliphate'Gulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its 'caliphate' in June last year, a monitor said ...

 Nov 30 2015 - 16 killed in fighting for south Yemen provinceGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Yemeni loyalists supported by a Saudi-led coalition battled on Sunday to oust Iran-backed rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks, with at ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help