We had a very clear idea of what kind of product we have to make. The main goal of this project was to make the device as compact – hard coded and useable as possible. We invested a lot of time and energy to bring forth satisfying results!

“Computer Vision compensating for Eye Vision

Our world witnesses a plethora of inventions and deliverables coming out each day and each minute, intending to help us out with minute details of our lives. In a scenario, where we have apps that just tell if it’s dark outside or not (I am not even kidding !), it is a sad reality that people who need technology the most are rarely on the receiving end of the digital revolution.

The World Health Organization estimates there are about 314 million vision impaired people in the world, of which approximately 45 million are blind. Even with such a high demographic, as of now we only have a handful of devices and apps targetting the visually impaired. And even of these, with a price tag amounting to tens of thousands, most of them though probably fabricated with a noble end in sight, still fail to achieve their goal when they cannot help a common blind who cannot afford such expensive technology, feel a bit more on par with their sighted counterparts.

With this in mind, we, a group of 4 enthusiastic undergraduates from Indian Institute of Technology, started out with a single aim in mind and that is to enable a blind to know what a sighted takes for granted and that too, if possible, completely free of cost.

” To develop a non-intrusive technique for real-time processing and analysis of the surrounding, using which we can deliver relevant information to a blind person in a social setting.”

Mavi MINI using various Computer Vision and Machine Learning techniques provides an easy, affordable and portable solution for the same.