Seventh Call Awards

Digital braille accessibility for the blind made affordable by magnetic actuator technology

Surabhi Srivastava

Inceptor Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Innovision), SINE, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
Shraddha Sangelkar

The Pennsylvania State University, Erie, PA
The Problem:

More than 40 million blind individuals globally face numerous challenges in access to resources - both printed and digital. For centuries, Braille based on the sensation of touch, has been the only script available for the blind. The aids which support digital content access in Braille cater to less than 10% of the blind population living in developed countries due to an unaffordable price that is upwards of $3,000.

The Solution:

This project proposes the replacement of print Braille with electronic digital display using Braille cells with actuator technology-based on magnetic actuators instead of piezoelectricity. This is expected to bring down the cost of products significantly and make it affordable to a large under-served population.

Millimeter wave transceiver development for high bandwidth secure wireless communication.

Neha Satak

Astrome Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Raghunath Das

Aniara SpaceCom LLC, Princeton, NJ
The Problem:

Every kind of wireless communication, such as the radio, cell phone, or satellite, uses specific range of wavelengths or frequencies. Increases in the amount of information transmitted require the use of higher frequencies.

The Solution:

The project involves high-bandwidth mm-wave wireless communication technology that has applications both in terrestrial and space sectors, coupled with space internet transponder, which will enable access to low cost, high-speed internet, to facilitate point-to-multipoint link formation through a key patented technology. The proposed development of microwave equipment supports communication between towers at 20+Gbps speeds as compared to 1-2Gbps available today.

Low-cost, efficient and portable blood cell counter for point-of-care diagnostics.

Usama Ahmed Abbasi

Pratimesh Labs Pvt. Ltd (MicroX Labs), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Leanna Levine

Aline, Inc, Rancho Dominguez, CA
The Problem:

A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test used to evaluate overall health and detect a wide range of disorders, including anemia, infection and leukemia. Easy, accurate, quick and low cost solutions for measuring CBC can go a long way to reduce morbidity and mortality in large parts of the world

The Solution:

The project proposes an automated point-of-care device for performing rapid Complete Blood Count using a single cartridge for low-resource settings based on single-cell impedance measurement in conjunction with a patented micro fluidic device. Broadly, the instrument consists of a singleuse chip, the size of credit card, pre-loaded with reagents, to which the sample is loaded and which is fluidically insulated from the environment. The controller, the size of a toaster, performs the necessary fluid handling and the impedance measurements to deliver the results within minutes.

Lightweight, Ultra-Fast, Next-Generation Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanners

Arjun Arunachalam

Voxelgrids Innovations Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
Shahin Pourrahimi

Superconducting Systems Inc., Billerica
The Problem:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners use strong magnetic fields, radio waves, and field gradients to generate images of the human anatomy. This process is time consuming as data is acquired sequentially and is not fast enough for imaging moving organs like the heart. The magnetic field of an MRI scanner should be strong and highly uniform over the anatomical region that is to be imaged. This is a demanding specification that results in bulky and expensive magnets that need liquid helium - an expensive, non-renewable resource.

The Solution:

The project aims to develop the first liquid helium-free, commercial high-field full body MRI Scanner that impart 3-4x acceleration in the imaging process as compared to current scanners. The technology enables increased patient throughput by enhancing system utilization, and expands the scope of MRI to real-time imaging of moving organs such as the heart and the abdomen.

Continent Ostomy Management Device

Pranav Chopra

Crimson Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
Peter Thier

Ximedica, Providence
The Problem:

People suffering from colorectal cancers, inflammatory bowel diseases and other intestinal pathologies undergo surgeries that result in an ostomy, wherein the intestine is cut and the end(s) are brought out through an opening on the abdomen called a stoma. The global prevalence of ostomy is nearly 2 million, and the yearly incidence is several hundred thousand. Continence is lost, and the stool comes out through this stoma into a disposable bag (replaced every 3-5 days) attached to the abdomen. The quality of life for these patients is severely compromised not only due to the medical condition, but also due to the social stigma attached to it.

The Solution:

The project aims the development of SphinX - a novel ostomy management system that provides a safe, secure, discreet, accessory-free and cost-effective solution for colostomates and ileostomates. The soft, pliable and insertable SphinX port is replaced every 29 days, and does not need supporting accessories such as adhesives, belts etc. It also eliminates bag-associated skin excoriations. SphinX will improve the patient's overall quality of life and provide them confidence in performing day-to-day activities while eliminating all complications caused by current products.