Hacking for Social Good: Indian Engineers modify Microsoft Kinectto Help the Blind

10th Feb 2012
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3 engineers from India have modified Microsoft's Kinect, a motion sensing input device to create 'viSparsh' to help the blind reports IBN. Jatin Sharma, Tushar Chugh and Rolly Seth are part of the Young India Fellowship. The Young India Fellowship has been designed and is delivered in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) through an MoU with the School of Engineering and Applied Science (Penn Engineering).

The viSparsh belt senses any obstacles and vibrates to intimate the user. The first stage of development is already over, Jatin Sharma told IANS. "We're now at stage two. We have proved the usability; now our focus is on minimising the weight of the system and enhancing the battery backup," said Sharma.

Below is a brief video describing the concept and working of viSparsh-


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