There are highs and lows in our lives, and then there are those EPIC moments. Like the one in the picture below, where the captain of our ship, Tania Jain, presented the Fittle concept to the legendary Ex-Chairperson of the Tata Group, the-one-and-only Mr. Ratan Tata.
Mr. Ratan Tata with the Kite Fittle. Photo by John Werner.
As much as chests swelled up in pride, we were also extremely humbled by the kindness of Mr.Tata, when on the August 23rd, 2013, Tania Jain presented Fittle to him, along with two other projects by Tusshar Saigal and Angad Daryani, fellow participants at the DIy workshop, Hyderabad. All 3 students got the opportunity to present to Mr.Tata, because of the DIy Organisers—MIT Media Labs and Tata Centre for Design & Technology, where the amazing John Werner led their way; and curator & lead organiser of TEDxGateway, Yashraj Akashi, helped them prepare their presentations.
We’d like to share with you, the other brilliant projects that were selected to be presented:
Angad Daryani, “the” 15 year old, is working on the development of a virtual brailler along with 3 other students, Vijay Raghav Varada, Raghavendra Sh, and Ankit Prajapati. These students have created an e-reader for the blind, which converts English text to braille tactile feedback. They are working on developing it into a commercial product to be sold at a very low price. When materialized, this device can be a tremendous boon and may replace present-day braille printers, which cost over 2 Lakh rupees.
Tushhar Saigal’s project, a game called Gazemo, is a low cost portable device that automatically diagnoses different eye problems as well as gamifies various eye exercises. The portable device can reach out to millions by travelling to remote areas, instead of thousands travelling to hospitals, as is the case currently. He worked on the project with a team of doctors and engineers, including Vinay, Rajat. Shireesh, and Parag.
Gazemo by Tusshar and team (Vinay, Rajat, Shireesh, Parag)
After the students’ presentation, Mr.Tata said that he was extremely moved by their passion and dedication to their work and also that the business group may look into funding these projects. At the end of the session, we also presented a Kite Fittle to the man of the moment.
The Man himself. Photo by John Werner.
We take pride in this beautiful moment, and also resolve to take Fittle forward as our responsibility to brighten up the lives of blind children! Help us spread the love!