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Mobitel envisions bringing Vesak to visually impaired

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:12 -- geeta.nair

The National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel plans to bring the light of joy to the visually impaired in the country during the Vesak season with the introduction of the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform to enable users to listen to the stories on display on five prominent Vesak Pandals in Colombo this year.

Users can call the short code 565 from any Mobitel number to listen to the stories free of charge from May 10 to 20, 2017.

Signathon planned to celebrate Helen Keller week

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:20 -- geeta.nair

BENGALURU: Each year people with disabilities and those without find unique ways to celebrate Helen Keller’s birthday. June 27 is the birthday of the woman who inspired millions of people.

This year Bengaluru will celebrate Helen Keller week with a silent human chain, not by holding hands but by forming a chain teaching sign language.


Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:06 -- geeta.nair

The Amway India in association with the Turnstone Global launched a Braille library for the visually-impaired students at the Bhima Bhoi School for the Blind here on Tuesday.

Fire Services DGP Dr Binoy Behera gracing as chief guest inaugurated the library in presence Secondary Education Deputy Director Snehamayee Senapati, School Principal Sumit Dasgupta and Amway Odisha Cluster Operations Manager Rana Pratap Pradhan.

Wearable device helps visually impaired avoid collision

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:31 -- geeta.nair

Researchers have developed a wearable device for the visually-challenged people that can help them avoid a collision.

Researchers have developed a wearable device for the visually-challenged people that can help them avoid a collision.

People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions.

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Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:05 -- geeta.nair

Innovators from India  have created a new device that has yet again changed what we can or cannot do without seeing.

Plastic sliding calipers known as Squirrel Devices, developed by MIT grad students, make geometry's continuous shapes and lengths measurable for blind and limited-vision students, who can read measurements in Braille.

Arunachal teen develops goggles to help the blind

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:10 -- geeta.nair

Innovation uses echolocation to detect obstacles

A high school student in Arunachal Pradesh has invented a unique pair of goggles that uses ultrasound and infrared sensors to help the visually impaired detect obstacles on their path. On Friday, the State government pledged financial support for him to develop the gadget.

Anang Tadar, a Class XI student of New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli, was recently awarded the Dinanath Pandey Smart Idea Innovation Award for inventing a gadget called Goggle for Blind (G4B).


Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:55 -- geeta.nair

For visually impaired people it is not easy to find out who and what is around them. A walking stick is the only support which can boost their morale and help them escape all the hurdles.

According to the WHO’s report, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide in which 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. 82 per cent people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.

Nano-implant may help restore sight

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:00 -- geeta.nair

Scientists have developed a new eye implant, using arrays of silicon nanowires that sense light and electrically stimulate the retina, which may help restore vision in millions of people worldwide.

The advance brings us a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light.

The researchers from University of California San Diego and US-based startup Nanovision Biosciences showed response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro.


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