“Smart Cane” research gets major funding from Wellcome Trust


A group of students under the guidance of Prof. M. Balakrishnan (CSE) and Prof. P.V.M. Rao (Mech Engg.) have been working on designing a number of assistive devices for the visually impaired. These devices target independent and safe mobility as well as education of the visually impaired. One of their first devices namely “Smart Cane” that helps detect knee-above obstacles has received major funding from Wellcome Trust for translational research. The project is being done in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems, Chennai (Industrial partner) and Saksham Trust, Delhi (NGO working for the visually impaired). The press release issued on the occasion gives more details of the funded project.

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Prof. M. Balakrishnan (CSE)

Department of Computer Science & Engineering