VJTI Students establish communication between deaf-mute and blind individuals
In a pursuit to enable communication for the specially abled individuals, students from VJTI (Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute)Matunga in their ongoing annual festival Technovanza exhibited Physically Challenged communication, a user friendly device facilitating communication between a deaf-mute and a visually impaired individual.
Having tested the device with 20 individuals at Hellen Keller Institute for Deaf and Blind at Byculla, it functions on the basis of Bluetooth connection between a phone and an AVR board. Swadhin Thakkar, a second year involved in the project said, “We have developed an app for connection purpose, with the help of sound command a visually impaired individual can navigate to the app on a phone. Once connected, the visually impaired individual can record his message on the phone and the same message will seen on the board display.” Thakkar further added that the message can be answered by the deaf-mute individual in terms of gestures which will be recognized by the board, in return the visually impaired individual will receive the reply in form of an audio. Undertaken by a team of four second year students at VJTI, the project has a found a spot in IIT Bombay’s top 10 in the technical fest. With the motto of bringing Technology to the society, the students have come up with the concept of a robotic butler. “Today in an urbanized era wherein we want everything handy, the idea of a robotic butler seemed just right.” Said Shubhankar Potdar, a second year student and veteran of the robotic butler at VJTI .
Among the other highlights of Technovanza scheduled from 28th December to 30th December,2013 includes a Rubik's cube image of APJ Abdul Kalam, a dye-sensitized cell, an unmanned railway cross, Robo wars and an eye controlled wheel chair.