Winner: Vembi Technologies Private Limited – Established Stage
Braille books are costly to make and there is a dearth of text books in Indian schools. There is even less availability of books in Indian languages and story books. Books are shared among class students at a class level and in many cases, children do not have their copies of text books. This affects the literacy of children, impacting their future education and job prospects. Hexis is addressing this problem.
Hexis is a battery based portable device designed specifically for visually impaired children. Hexis allows any text content in English or Indian languages to be converted to Braille with a simple Webapp and pushed to Hexis. It has only four keys for navigation of content which makes it easy to learn and use. Class notes, reading materials will be made available on Hexis. Ready availability of text books removes the problem of printing and distributing costly Braille books. Teachers can form virtual classes for their class and share class notes and assessments. By providing analytics to teachers, the reading habits and understanding of children can be tracked. To further encourage reading habits of children, we are partnering with Pratham books, world leader in children stories to make their content available.
Hexis addresses the present drought of books in blind schools by making text books and curated story content available easily, thus removing current book drought.
Vembi Technologies is a Bengaluru based startup who designs assistive technology products for visually impaired students, with a deep understanding of their needs, and to have learning outcomes on par with sighted peers.
Vembi is founded by experienced technologists and subject experts. Rajagopal (Raj) has rich experience of product development with Indian and MNC product teams. Vidya Y is a blind from birth and is also gold medallist of IIIT B. Supriya Dey, is founder of Vision Empower, non profit, working on STEM education for blind. Prof. Amit Prakash from IIITB has been working with social enterprises. Vidya’s personal insights are helping Vembi to design right products for India.
The first product of Vembi is Hexis, an Electronic Braille Book reader, specially designed for a visually impaired child. Hexis is result of research conducted at IIIT Bangalore on the challenges of early literacy in blind schools.