Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

"Serving individuals with special needs through research and innovation in affordable assistive technologies"

ASSISTECH is an inter-disciplinary group of faculty, research staff and students from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, which is engaged in using modern technology for finding affordable solutions for the differently abled in country. The focus of the group is on mobility and education which we consider are fundamental to enable any person to live independently and with dignity.



After grand success of SmartCane, a study was conducted which identified more serious problems which could be solved using the current technologies. The three major problems to be tackled with MAVI are:
  • Safety
  • Social Inclusion
  • Navigation
A mix of computer vision, web based and cloud based techniques are being used in order to achieve the same. The idea is to have a system which could work both offline and online since the network conditions aren't very reliable for a huge majority. Here is a recent presentation about the challenges we are facing from a computer vision perspective.


SmartCane Launch in South Africa

A national campaign was organized to launch the SmartCane in multiple cities of South Africa including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Worcester, Durban and Peitmaritzburg in the first week of March 2017, in collaboration with Disability Management Services (DMS), the International partner organization of Saksham in South Africa. Team members from SmartCaneTM team and DMS conducted series of Awareness and training workshops at the following organizations: College of Orientation and Mobility (SA guide dog Association), Blind SA, Cape Town Society for the Blind, Pioneer School, KZN society for Deaf and Blind, University of Kwazulu Natal and International Arabic School for the Blind. Continue reading ...