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EVENTS 2015

Assistech Team at Antarchakshu - The Eye Within
15th and 16th September 2015, St. Xavier College, Mumbai
Assistech Team attended the two day awareness workshop - Antarchakshu organized by Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired(XRCVC), St. Xavier's College. The team displayed various projects like Tactile Graphics, Bus Identification System, NVDA, etc and were much appreciated for the work.
Tedx Talks
31st January 2015, Lal Bahadur Shastri institute of Management, Delhi
A talk on the SmartCane development story was featured at the TEDx event held at Lal Bahadur Shastri institute of Management.

Alumni Research Talk series at BITS Pilani
17th January 2015
Prof. M. Balakrishnan delivers a talk on "ASSISTECH: An Undergraduate Driven Research Initiative" at BITS Pilani on Saturday, 17th Jan 2015 under their Alumni Research Talk series

EVENTS 2014

UNBOX Design Festival
12th December 2014, IGNCA, New Delhi
The workshop aims to make the design community sensitive of the gaps in our infrastructure and resources that pose problems for the visually impaired community and how user centric design approach can make their lives better. Scenario sensitization, problem identification and brainstorming sessions for problem solving were held. The participants were given a hands on experience of the products used by the people with visual impairment like, tactile graphics, talking calculator, braille slate, white cane etc. in order to make them sensitive toward the design intricacies involved in products specially designed for this community
Exhibition at International Conference: From Exclusion to Empowerment
26th November 2014, IIT Delhi
On 26 November 2014, Assistech Team of IIT Delhi exhibited six of their projects – namely SmartCane, Braille Tutor, Refreshable Braille Display, OnBoard, Tactile Graphics and Edutactile at the international conference hosted by UNESCO at Vigyan Bhavan. The main objective of the conference was to promote the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities through the use of ICTs and the audio-visual medium.
Showcasing SmartCane at UNDP Social Good Summit 2014
21st September 2014, IIT Delhi
On 21 September 2014, IIT Delhi hoasted the UNDP India Social Good Summit 2014. A host of cutting edge, innovative, low-cost technologies, including SmarteCane were showcased at this event which can make a fundamental change to people’s lives. the event was attended by several digniteries, such as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Lise Grand, noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and actor Sushant Singh Rajput among others.
Antarchakshu - The Eye Within
Organised By : XRCVC, Mumbai on 12th and 13th September'14
Assistech team participated in the event hosted by XRCVC, Mumbai where they demostrated various projects, namely Refreshable Braille Display, Braille Tutor, Accessible Tactile Graphics and Edutactile. Antarchakshu 2014 mainly focused on how education can be made inclusive for blind and low-vision students.
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Conference on Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies
Organised By : Tamil Nadu Technology Development and Promotion Centre on 22 August'14 at Hotel Taj Connemara, Chennai.
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Open House at IITD
Organised By : IIT Delhi on 19 April'14
IIT Delhi organised its 10th Open House on 19 April 2014 where Assistive Technologies Group also demonstrated various projects invloved in developing assistive technologies for visually impaired.
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SmartCane - Release to the People at IITD on 31 March'14
Organised By : Assistech Group, IIT Delhi on 31 March'14
IIT Delhi together with Saksham Trust proudly annouced the launch of the SmartCane on 31st March 2014. With the release to the people, SmartCane is now available for purchase through various community partners w.e.f. 1st April 2014.
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Maitreyi College students visit Assistech Lab, 13 March'14
Organised By : Assistive Technologies Group (Assistech), IITD on 13 March'14 .
Around 30 students along with 5 faculties from Maiteryi College visited Assistech Lab to have a glimpse of the latest research and development going on in the lab. The group was quite enthusiastic and loaded with questions.
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Access India Convention, 15-16 Feb'14
Organised By : Score Foundation at Delhi University on 15th Feb'14.
Visit us at Access India Convention organised at Delhi University on 15th Feb'14. There would be a talk and demonstration on SmartCane at 1:00 p.m.
Techshare India, 13-14 Feb'14
Organised By : Barrier Break at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 13-14th Feb'14.
The team would showcase SmartCane Device, Refreshable Braille Cell and Tacile Graphics related projects.
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EVENTS 2013

Inclusive Innovation Exhbition, Pune
Organised By : , Pune, 10-11th Decemeber 2013.
Assistech team exhibited five of its assistive devices for visually impaired at the Inclusive Inovation Exhibition at Pune.
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CSP315: Exhibition of Innovation & Design, IIT Delhi
Organised By :Assistech Group, Computer Science Deptt, IITD , 2nd Decemeber 2013.
Assistech team organised an exhibition on CSP315 projects as well as other embedded devices. The main focus of the event was on assistive devices for visually impaired.
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Reading Without Seeing Seminar
Organised By : Saksham Trust,Central Library of JNU, New Delhi, 30th October 2013.
Saksham organized a full day workshop on accessible technology, "Reading Without Seeing" at Central Library of Jawahar Lal Nehru University Delhi on Wednesday 30th October 2013. The “Reading Without Seeing” seminar is an awareness and basic training of accessible technologies for people with visual impairment being run as part of a nationwide program under the DAISY Forum of India (DFI). The seminar was a demonstration of different mobile accessible technologies along with various reading and daily living equipments, DAISY book players and magnifiers, Braille writing devices & low vision aids.
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International Conference on Advance Electronics Systems
Organised By : CSIR- Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, 21-23rd September 2013.
CSIR CEERI, Pilani organised an International Conference on Advance Electronics Systems where Prof. M. Balakrishnan were invited to deliver talk on the topics: Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired and Multi-core Processor Power Estimation.
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EVENTS 2012

National symposium on Designing Roads for Disabled Pedestrians in India
Organised By : Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, New Delhi and the Social Action and Research Foundation, New Delhi in March 2012.
At the symposium, Ms Supriya Das presented Smart Cane for the Visually Impaired and Mr Yogesh Taneja presented GPS Navigation with the help of Screen Readers.
Techshare India 2012
Held At : India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in February 2012.
What is Techshare India : Techshare India is a National Conference with International participation. It brings conversations to the forefront from web accessibility to digital talking books, from patient moving hoists to accessible ATMs, from screen readers to sign language interpreter relay services, from AAC devices to reading writing tools.
Mr Dipendra Manocha and Ms Supriya Das presented and demonstrated the Smart Cane at Techshare India 2012 held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in February 2012.
Prof P V M Rao and Mr Yogesh Taneja presented Bus Identification System for the Visually Impaired at the same event.

EVENTS 2011

Access India Convention
Held At : Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in November 2011.
Mr Dipendra Manocha presented Smart cane for the Visually Impaired at the Access India Convention held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in November 2011.
National Convention on Orientation and Mobility
Organised By : National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) at Haldiya, Paschimbanga in April 2011.
Anuraag Gupta and Yogesh Taneja presented Smart Cane for the Visually Impaired at the National Convention on Orientation and Mobility

EVENTS 2009

VDAT Symposium, Bangalore
Held At : Bangalore in July 2009.
All the embedded projects for the visually handicapped are showcased in the conference along with presentation/ tutorial by Prof. M. Balakrishnan.
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Tutorial Code--> T4 - 2
Tutorial Title--> Assistive Devices for the Visually Impaired
Tutorial Date--> July 8, 2009
Speakers--> M Balakrishnan (IIT Delhi)
Training Hours--> 3 hrs


Feedback from the participants
Survey Respondents--> 16

Subject Excellent Good Fair Poor
Quality of Tutorials 75% 25% 0 0
Interaction in the tutorial 81.25% 18.75% 0 0
In-depth Topic coverage 56.25% 37.5% 6.25% 0



General Remarks
  1. Admirable project; Project discussion class
  2. Demo oriented; Participative
  3. Extensive coverage and discussions during the tutorials.
  4. Good topics and selection of tutors.
  5. Interactive and good presentation
  6. Nice teaching and project class; Smart cane
  7. Operational modes
  8. Recent trends in Telemedicine aspects; Interaction with the participants
  9. Smart cane is nice; Braille slate is useful for the blind.
  10. Smart cane: Technical; Learning Braille challenges
  11. They made their own Braille slate; The smart cane
  12. Topics and choice of speakers
  13. Very good teaching; Learning Braille challenges
  14. Well presented


Some Suggestions
  1. Allot more time
  2. Audio system
  3. Braille cell Demo
  4. Demo of Braille cell; Smart cane: Ultra cane.
  5. Detailed explanation; More syllabus to be covered.
  6. Presentation clarity
  7. References for offline reading
  8. Topics were covered in general. Shoud be more focused.
  9. We have done better practically project stuff
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