VAVI(Virtual Assistant for Visually Impaired)

A class 7 student Amaan Ram, from New Era Senior Secondary School, has developed a smart device — Virtual Assistant for Visually Impaired (VAVI) — to help visually impaired people. The device will help its wearer in all possible daily life situations while at home or outside in recognising people, walking across a busy road or to visiting a nearby store/place, etc. The cost effective smart device consumes less power and requires minimum maintenance. Some of the other key features involve, face recognition, objects identification, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system, smoke sensor and traffic assistance system from crossing road. Talking about the innovation, Amaan said, “The fact that there are 285 million visually impaired people in the world. It hit me hard to think about the difficulty they face day-in and day-out. It inspired me to develop VAVI. And my parents’ encouragement and support further motivated me to develop it. Besides, the Atal Tinkering Lab setup at my school helped me to take part in Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC)”. “One should innovate as it helps in self-elevation and a self elevated person contributes building and betterment of society and lives of people around,” he said while speaking on the necessity of innovation. “Global warming and unemployment are the two big pressing challenge we are facing today and the ‘How to pitch an idea’ as well as ‘How Business and Startups are setup’ are two biggest learning from the CIF 2019 Botcamp,” said Amaan on an ending note.

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Amaan Ram, Founder